HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Nation's plant database falling behind, survey shows

EAST LANSING, Mich. Stopping to smell the roses may be laudable, but more people need to be picking, preserving and cataloging them.

Smelling doesn't build and maintain a rich and necessary documentation of the nation's biodiversity. A drop-off in collecting plants threatens the flora database that is the primary source of material for gardeners, county extension agents, nature enthusiasts, artists and illustrators as well as for medical scientists, forensics experts, law enforcement agencies and other scientists.

The problem: Collecting local or in-state plant life is in steep decline, at a time when habitat is changing dramatically.

"To protect the best remaining native forests, and to determine how development can best reflect our values, we have to thoroughly understand our natural heritage" said Alan Prather, a botanist and plant curator at Michigan State University. "This information has to be kept current, because new invasive species are introduced every year and once-pristine habitats are destroyed by both natural and human forces."

Prather and Carolyn Ferguson of Kansas State University have outlined the trend toward doing less collecting which holds true from the vast holdings of the Field Museum in Chicago to smaller plant museums that house only a few thousand specimens.

Their article, "The Decline of Plant Collecting in the United States: A Threat to the Infrastructure of Biodiversity Studies," and the accompanying "Commentary: Implications of the Decline in Plant Collecting for Systematic and Floristic Research" appear in the spring 2004 issue of Systematic Botany.

The researchers surveyed small and large collections of plants or herbaria, from public and private institutions, universities, museums and botanical gardens, and from 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Their findings are startling: Fewer scientists and
'"/>

Contact: Alan Prather
alan@msu.edu
202-357-4808
Michigan State University
7-Jun-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. ASM Calls For Focus On Microbial Pollution Of Nations Water Supply
2. Nations Leading Biomedical Researchers Present Breakthroughs in Liver Disease
3. Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Nations First Robotic Tour Guide For The Dinosaur Hall At Pittsburghs Carnegie Museum Of Natural History
4. Research Aims At Nations First Smart Ground Water Regulations
5. Pack-MULEs are toting a new look at plant evolution
6. New research shows plants can shuffle and paste gene pieces to generate genetic diversity
7. Pollutant causes delayed flowering in plants
8. NSF awards 22 new projects for plant genome research
9. K-State, other universities to study how climate affects plant evolution
10. New fruitfly model of diabetes has future implications for pancreatic cell transplantation
11. Pig-human transplantation not PERVerted

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Nation plant database falling behind survey shows

(Date:4/1/2015)... , April 1, 2015   Medisafe ™, the ... users across iOS and Android ... integrating biofeedback into the platform to allow patients to ... For the first time, patients will be able to ... dose impacts important biometrics, such as glucose levels and ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... NEW YORK , March 31, 2015   ... announced the launch of the Post-Surgical Pain Management TRACKER, ... data products tracking usage trends in the medical device ... monthly access to data including treatment volumes, market share, ... manage the pain associated with joint surgery. ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... TORONTO , March 26, 2015 ... premier family, social, recreation and athletic club, today announced ... designed to allow freedom of movement for members and ... "Following a comprehensive process, we selected FST,s IMID ... sophistication and convenience for our members and staff, in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Medisafe Announces Launch of Biometric Integration, Enabling Patients to Stay Adherent to Their Meds and See Tangible Health Results 2Guidepoint Launches Post-Surgical Pain Management TRACKER 2Guidepoint Launches Post-Surgical Pain Management TRACKER 3Granite Club First Private Club in North America to Implement FST Biometrics Secure Access Solution, as Part of Multi-million Dollar Expansion 2
(Date:4/20/2015)... British Columbia and MENLO ... --  DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQX: DMPI) (DelMar ... developing and commercializing proven cancer therapies in new ... at the 106th Annual Meeting of the ... Meeting on the potential for its lead product ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... , April 20, 2015  Eli Lilly and ... data from several targeted cancer therapies, reflecting Lilly,s diverse ... (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015, held April 18-22 in ... Cancer Discoveries to Patients" is the theme of this ... Lilly,s commitment to broadening its portfolio of therapies that ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... --  Meditope Biosciences, Inc ., a biotechnology company developing ... presentation of data demonstrating the use of its SnAP ... data were presented in an abstract at the AACR ... Philadelphia . "We are ... many commercial applications that may be possible for our ...
(Date:4/17/2015)... Reed Technology and Information Services Inc. ... and submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Distribution Report (LDR) service for manufacturers of biologics, including ... FDA’s new rule on electronic submission of LDRs. ... and timing of particular biologics introduced to the marketplace, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:DelMar Pharmaceuticals Presents Promising Preclinical Data on VAL-083's Potential to Treat Temozolomide-Resistant Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) 2DelMar Pharmaceuticals Presents Promising Preclinical Data on VAL-083's Potential to Treat Temozolomide-Resistant Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) 3DelMar Pharmaceuticals Presents Promising Preclinical Data on VAL-083's Potential to Treat Temozolomide-Resistant Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) 4DelMar Pharmaceuticals Presents Promising Preclinical Data on VAL-083's Potential to Treat Temozolomide-Resistant Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) 5Lilly Releases Early-Stage Pipeline Data at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 2Lilly Releases Early-Stage Pipeline Data at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 3Lilly Releases Early-Stage Pipeline Data at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 4Lilly Releases Early-Stage Pipeline Data at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 5Lilly Releases Early-Stage Pipeline Data at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 6Meditope Biosciences Presents Data At The American Association Of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting Validating Its SnAP Technology Platform 2Reed Tech Announces FDA Lot Distribution Report (LDR) Service for Manufacturers of Biologic Products 2Reed Tech Announces FDA Lot Distribution Report (LDR) Service for Manufacturers of Biologic Products 3
Cached News: