Biodiversity Collections Index

"A central annotated index of biodiversity collections from around the world. The Biodiversity Collections Index (BCI) is a community-driven, open-access project initiated by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) through a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed in December, 2007. The objective of the MoC is to develop infrastructure that can be used by the natural history and collections community worldwide, freely and openly, to contribute towards discovery, access and use of biodiversity collections."

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Tools for Plant Identification

From genetic and molecular level, to field techniques including visual inspection, taste, touch, and other physical measures, plant identification provides an exciting and interesting challenge to botanists all over the world. Search the pages in this section for online interactive keys, image galleries, and other plant identification tools. The pages on the left, list just some of the tools and technologies available on the Internet for plant identification. If you know of an online plant identification tool that should be listed in this section please send an email to Elizabeth Sellers (

The HERBARIA Listserv
Building and sustaining a broad basis of support for herbaria.

Maintaining support for herbaria and keeping them relevant in academia and society has long been problematic, but the pressures are increasing in the current environment. Most of those who manage herbaria are challenged with a full roster of duties besides those directly related to the herbarium, and therefore don't have time to be full-time fundraisers, public relations gurus, or field-trip leaders. Yet to have a successful program, these are among the many hats that herbarium managers are expected to wear.

Because of the increasing pressures on herbaria, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) is sponsoring this mailing list for sharing ideas and experiences relating to herbarium development and management.

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A Global Directory of Public
Herbaria and Associated Staff

Index Herbariorum, a joint project of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) and The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), is:

...a detailed directory of the public herbaria of the world and the staff members associated with them.

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