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4/28/2014

Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium Collection Reaches 6.5 Million Specimens with New Genus

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Herbarium collection reached 6.5 million specimens with the addition of a new genus described by Garden curator Dr. Carmen Ulloa in collaboration with Dr. Fabián Michelangeli and Karla Sosa of The New York Botanical Garden. Their discovery, “Quipuanthus, a New Genus of Melastomataceae from the foothills of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru” was published today in the scientific journal “Systematic Botany.” Full story.


11/7/2013

Missouri Botanical Garden Announces New Senior Vice President of Science and Conservation

After an extensive search, the Missouri Botanical Garden has named Dr. James Miller to the position of Senior Vice President, Science and Conservation. Dr. Miller previously worked at the Garden for more than 20 years before departing in 2007 to serve as Dean and Vice President for Science at The New York Botanical Garden. He begins his new role on December 30.

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11/4/2013

Garden Aims to Improve Access to Digital Texts Through Online Gaming

The Missouri Botanical Garden was recently awarded a $449,641 grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to test new means of using crowd sourcing and gaming to support the enhancement of texts from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Grant funding begins in December 2013 and ends in December 2015. The Garden will partner with Harvard University, Cornell University and the New York Botanical Garden on the project. Full story.


8/23/2013

Missouri Botanical Garden Completes Flora of Missouri

Researchers from the Missouri Botanical Garden recently completed a 26-year project documenting the flora of the state of Missouri. The result is the release of “Steyermark’s Flora of Missouri, Volume 3. Dicots, Fabaceae (second part) through Zygophyllaceae.” For more than two decades, the Garden has worked in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation on this project.
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5/7/2013

Garden Announces Collaboration with L’Herboretum for Sacred Seeds Program

Sacred Seeds, an international non-profit that supports plant conservation and addresses the rapid loss of biodiversity and cultural knowledge, has extended its reach to Europe through collaboration with L’Herboretum whose international headquarters are in Saint-Ay, France.  Sacred Seeds is a network of plant gardens devoted to preserving plants of medicinal and cultural significance. The program is administered by the Missouri Botanical Garden’s William L. Brown Center. Full story.


5/1/2013

Missouri Botanical Garden Hosts Workshop on World Ethnobotany and Economic Botany

The Missouri Botanical Garden will host a number of leading individuals and organizations May 1-2 to evaluate and share information on how ethnobotany and economic botany can contribute to a greater global strategy for plant conservation. Participants in the workshop include representatives from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in China, Bioversity International in Italy and The New York Botanical Garden among others.
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2/26/2013

Explore “Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot” With Dr. Peter Crane

Learn about one of the world’s most distinctive trees from one of the world’s foremost botanical experts. Prof. Sir Peter R. Crane will present “Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot,” a lecture based on a newly released book of the same name published by Yale University Press. Dr. Crane will discus the history of the ginkgo, its cultural significance, medicinal and nutritional value and its importance as one of the world’s oldest and most recognizable trees. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. with a book signing immediately following. The event is free and open to the public.
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2/4/2013

Missouri Botanical Garden Researchers Discover High Levels of Omega Fatty Acids in Peruvian Plant

Researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s William L. Brown Center have discovered extraordinarily high levels of omega fatty acids in a species which they encountered in Northern Peru. Omega fatty acids are essential for human health and must be obtained through food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are also widely used in cosmetics. Full story.


1/29/2013

Madagascar Celebration Commemorates 25 Years of Research

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating 25 years of research in Madagascar with a day featuring chocolate tastings, educational exhibits, a book signing and the Madagascar-themed Orchid Show. The day begins with a presentation at 11 a.m. The event is included with regular garden admission. Those attending the 11 a.m. lecture will receive one complimentary pass per person to the Orchid Show to be used that day.

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12/12/2012

New Book Details the Exceptional Biological and Cultural Diversity of Khawa Karpo, Sacred Mountain of Tibet

The Tibetan sacred mountain Khawa Karpo supports one of the world’s most exceptional areas of plant and animal diversity. Now, this critical biodiversity hotspot is threatened with destruction from climate change, the stripping of resources and rapid development. Dr. Jan Salick at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and Robert Moseley, director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, are leaders in their field. In their new book, “Khawa Karpo: Tibetan Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation,” Salick and Moseley detail their vital conservation programs focused on Tibetan traditional knowledge of ethnobotany, ecology and natural resource management. Full story.


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