Virtual Herbaria Under Development
10 November 2004
New initiatives involving botanic gardens, herbaria and arboreta in the USA, Australia and Papua New Guinea are working towards the creation of new on-line, virtual herbaria.
An Online Database of the Papua New Guinea Herbarium Specimens
Information supplied by PAPGREN - the Pacific Agricultural Plant Genetic Resources network. http://papgren.blogspot.com
New "Virtual" US National Arboretum Herbarium Web Pages
The US National Arboretum Herbarium is one of a few in the world with a primary mission of supporting taxonomic research and identification of cultivated plants, including cultivars, hybrids, and other elite plant materials of use to man. To facilitate this research, the herbarium includes specimens not only of cultivated plants but also of their wild progenitors and is the official depository for documented specimens of United States Department of Agriculture plant introductions, including food, drug, forage, industrial, and forest plants.
The herbarium is a permanent reference collection of dried plant specimens necessary to taxonomic studies relating to agriculture, medicine, science, and education -- fields where documentation and correct identification of germplasm materials are essential. The arboretum has begun to electronically capture all of the data associated with each Type Specimen, Horticultural Cultivated Standard, as well as Specimens of Special Interest, to image these specimens, and to put all of this information on the internet. Although the project is not finished, what has been accomplished so far can be viewed on the website:
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