Systematics/Phytogeography / Taxonomie/ Section
Rolfsmeier, Susan J. , Mayfield, Mark H. , Ferguson, Carolyn J. .
Presenting a unique biodiversity collection for the central Great Plains: digital initiatives of the Kansas State University Herbarium.
The Kansas State University Herbarium houses ca. 200,000 specimens, the majority of which are from the prairies of the central Great Plains. It is particularly rich in historical material (approximately 40% of specimens were collected during the 1800s) and taxa of agronomic interest (e.g., weeds, introduced species). A modern databasing initiative has significantly enhanced research within the Herbarium. An overview of the makeup of the collections is presented, including data on composition and strengths in terms of collectors, spatial and temporal patterns and taxonomic diversity. Particularly interesting findings enabled by the database relate to: collection communities, taxon distribution patterns, and gaps in floristic knowledge. The databasing project has, in turn, led to additional opportunities for research, preservation and increased visibility. A new collaborative project on digital biodiversity resources within Kansas State University (the Biodiversity Information System, BiodIS) is briefly outlined.
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1 - Kansas State University, Herbarium and Division of Biology, Ackert Hall, Manhattan, KS, 66506-4901, USA
2 - Kansas State University, Herbarium and Division of Biology, Ackert Hall, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-4901, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Ball Room & Party Room/SUB
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 12:30 PM