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Systematics Section/ASPT

Triplett, Jimmy [1].

A Hidden Treasure in Northeastern Alabama: Revitalizing the Jacksonville State University Herbarium.

The herbarium of Jacksonville State University consists of more than 75,000 specimens of regional plants, making it one of the largest (and most diverse) botanical collections in Alabama, while also being largely unknown to the general botanical community. The Herbarium was closed for nearly 10 years, but a new initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation (with technical support from the Alabama Herbarium Consortium and the Anniston Museum of Natural History) aims to provide long-term collection security while fully modernizing access and educational outreach. A key goal of the three-year NSF project is the curation and computerization of the entire JSU Herbarium collection. This will add a vast diversity of new specimen records and digital images to Internet databases, including the Alabama Plant Atlas (www.floraofalabama.org), thereby supporting collaborative efforts to create a comprehensive online database for the flora of Alabama. Full integration of the JSU holdings will produce an easy-to-use resource for natural history research, and computerization will make it broadly accessible to scientists, educators, students, and the general public.

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Alabama Plant Atlas


1 - Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL, 36265, USA

Keywords:
herbarium
Alabama flora
biological research collections
online resources.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSY042
Abstract ID:558


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