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Systematics Section/ASPT

Krings, Alexander [1].

Compactorization of the vascular plant herbarium of North Carolina State University .

For over 110 years, the North Carolina State University (NCSU) vascular plant herbarium (NCSC) has specialized in the flora of North Carolina and the southeastern United States. NCSC integrates the strengths of NCSU—teaching, research, extension, and engagement—through its mission: (1) To document and understand plant diversity, and (2) to transfer the taxonomic expertise developed to various users that depend on the generated knowledge. Documenting and understanding plant diversity is Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation [GSPC] (Convention for Biological Diversity [CBD]) and a necessary prerequisite to assessing the conservation status of plant species—a precondition to meeting the GSPC goal of conserving 60% of the world’s threatened species in situ (Target 7 of the GSPC). However, NCSC outgrew its space over a decade ago and the collection is showing significant signs of stress from the compounded effect of heavy usage and specimens overcrowding cabinets. Work space for researchers, as well as prep space, has been significantly reduced to make way for additional cabinets. Fortunately, NCSC recently received support from NSF CSBR to alleviate overcrowding of specimens and to allow for growth through the compactorization of the entire vascular plant collection. We here report on the completion of our efforts in Year 1 of NSF support, including the process of compactorization, as well as the subsequent phylogenetic rearrangement of the collection following APG III.

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1 - North Carolina State University, Plant Biology, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA

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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSY006
Abstract ID:227
Candidate for Awards:None

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