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Herbarium : the quest to preserve and classify the world's plants / Barbara M. Thiers.

By: Contributor(s): Material type: TextTextPublisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2020Description: 279 pages : illustrations, maps, photographs (chiefly colour) ; 27 cmContent type:
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 1604699302
  • 9781604699302
Subject(s):
Contents:
The origin of herbaria -- Herbaria and the age of botanical exploration -- Development of herbaria in the United States -- Development of herbaria around the world -- The future of herbaria.
Summary: "A treasury like no other. Renaissance scholar Luca Ghini likely created the first one. Lewis and Clark, James Cook, Charles Darwin, and George Washington Carver all contributed to them. Today they number more than 3,300, spread across 178 countries. They are the repositories holding preserved specimens of our world's plants, fungi, and other organisms -- each collection known as an herbarium. Together, the world's herbaria house nearly 390 million examples of what grows on planet Earth. In Herbarium, Barbara M. Thiers shares the intriguing and often dramatic accounts of how these collections came to be, the important role they have played through history, and the painstaking lengths both gatherers and botanists have gone to in the name of plant archiving. Thiers also argues passionately for the preservation of herbaria and for their essential function in protecting plant life for future generations." -- Back cover.
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Books Library ANBG Library Books 580.74 THI Available G043051

Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-249) and index.

The origin of herbaria -- Herbaria and the age of botanical exploration -- Development of herbaria in the United States -- Development of herbaria around the world -- The future of herbaria.

"A treasury like no other. Renaissance scholar Luca Ghini likely created the first one. Lewis and Clark, James Cook, Charles Darwin, and George Washington Carver all contributed to them. Today they number more than 3,300, spread across 178 countries.
They are the repositories holding preserved specimens of our world's plants, fungi, and other organisms -- each collection known as an herbarium. Together, the world's herbaria house nearly 390 million examples of what grows on planet Earth.
In Herbarium, Barbara M. Thiers shares the intriguing and often dramatic accounts of how these collections came to be, the important role they have played through history, and the painstaking lengths both gatherers and botanists have gone to in the name of plant archiving. Thiers also argues passionately for the preservation of herbaria and for their essential function in protecting plant life for future generations." -- Back cover.


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