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Bryological and Lichenological Section/ABLS

Nash, Thomas [1], Gries, Corinna [2], Smith, Julianne [1], Gilbert, Edward [3].

Consortia of North American Lichen and Bryophyte Herbaria: Resources for the Future.

The lichen ( and bryophyte ( portals were created for your use several years ago. Each provides access to at least 50 herbarium records, principally in the US and Canada. All or individual herbarium records can be searched on line. Over a million records are currently available on each portal. Through Symbiota, the program behind the portals, individual collections can be managed. In addition, there are many other features, such as an image library with thousands of photos and many species descriptions. Geographic distributions can be generated on the fly and species lists by geographical entity (county, state, etc.) or by placing a point on a map and compiling a list from a circular area (60 to 90 mile radius) in relation to that point (dynamic checklist). On the lichen side dynamic keys can be generated to work on the checklists. It works best for the greater Sonoran Desert region and is currently being expanded for the Arctic. Obviously results are improved by bringing more collections on line and a major digitization push is currently underway through the NSF supported TCN project (Lichens and Bryophytes and Climate Change). Images of labels from over 2,000,000 additional specimens are currently available with skeleton metadata on line and there is a major need to transcribe the information into the portal databases. Please contact the authors on how your can help. They are your web sites.

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Related Links:

1 - University of Wisconsin, Botany, Madison, WI, 53706, USA
2 - University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology, 680 North Park Street, Madsion, WI, 53706, USA
3 - Arizona State University, Global Institute Of Sustainability, 2831 E. 18th St, Tucson, AZ, 85716, USA

Lichen Diversity
Bryophyte Diversity.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 2
Location: Firs North/Boise Centre
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: 2011
Abstract ID:743
Candidate for Awards:None

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