Plant Research and Conservation at The New York Botanical Garden: News and Media
NYBG Botanist Dr. Michael Balick to be Awarded Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration
NYBG Ethnobotanist Dr. Michael Balick has been named the 2018 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) recognized Dr. Balick for a career spanning over four decades of botanical fieldwork and research around the globe.
MSU Spartan Newsroom: Old Specimen Provides New Insight into Invasive Algae
Through a combination of old and new technologies, researchers at The New York Botanical Garden have come closer to pinpointing the time and place of the first arrival of the Starry Stonewort, an invasive green alga that is spreading throughout the northeast and upper Midwest.
Ensia: Seeking Answers on Climate Change, Scientists Venture into the Vaults of the Past
This article on the environmental news web site, Ensia, details uses of natural history collections in climate change research. According to Dr. Barbara M. Thiers, Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, historical information on changes in plant distributions is obtainable only from herbarium specimens.
National Geographic Food: On Tiny Island Farms, Biodiversity Is a Way of Life
This story appeared in the December, 2017, issue of the new British magazine, National Geographic Food. The article highlights the research of NYBG Ethnobotanist Dr. Ina Vandebroek in Jamaica, where she studies agricultural practices and crop diversity.
Dr. Vandebroek observed that farmers grow large numbers of crops on the same plots, and they also observed that crop plants are grown amid wild trees and shrubs that help stabilize nutrient rich soil. Jamaican farmers know that maintaining high levels of agrobiodiversity (larger numbers of crops intermingled with wild species) increases food security and helps to protect the island’s forests. The researchers highlight important lessons on food security as the world’s cultivated land is increasingly dedicated to a smaller and smaller number of staple crops.
The American Gardner: The Role of Herbaria in New Discoveries
Much more than collections of dead plants and fungi, herbaria are irreplacable repositories of historical plant information vital to a wide variety of scientific applications. Featuring the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium and the recent exhibition What in the World is a Herbarium?
NY1 Visits The New York Botanical Garden's Plant Science Research Laboratory
NY1 goes inside the Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory—a part of the garden that most people do not get to see.
NYBG Scientists Help Produce the First Comprehensive Catalog of Amazonian Plants
Representing a major advance in understanding and conserving the plant life of one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, an international team of scientists—including four NYBG researchers—has created the first scientifically vetted list of known plant species in the Amazon Basin.
Island Life Magazine: Message Plants in an Age of Communication
The December 15, 2017, issue of Island Life Magazine features the work of NYBG researchers Drs. Michael Balick and Gregory Plunkett. The article examines the importance of message plants, which are used to convey information among people, amid the vast array of modern communications devices.
In Defense of Plants Podcast: Plant Conservation in the Modern Era
When it comes to conservation, plants have largely been overlooked. For instance, 100% of the world’s known threatened and endangered animals have been assessed by the IUCN whereas we have only assessed about 5% of plants. This is scary considering that so-called biodiversity hot spots are defined by their vascular flora.
This is why the New York Botanical Garden is working to improve our literacy of the botanical world. This podcast features a conversation with Dr. Brian Boom, NYBG’s VP for Conservation Strategy, about Plant Conservation in the modern world.
Press Release: The Garden's New York City EcoFlora Project
In order to help protect New York City’s plant biodiversity and improve the public’s environmental literacy, NYBG has launched an ambitious initiative to create a one-stop, online database about the city’s ca. 2,000 naturally occurring plant species and their ecological roles.
Science Talk Blog
From the field to the lab, NYBG’s scientists aren’t just about white coats and microscopes—they’re adventurous and determined globe-trotters who live to discover, understand, and preserve Earth’s biodiversity. The Science Talk blog exposes the far-reaching work of the Garden’s botanical specialists.