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Plant Research and Conservation at The New York Botanical Garden: News and Media

Island Life Magazine: Plants as Calendars

The July 6, 2018, issue of Island Life Magazine features the work of NYBG researchers Drs. Michael Balick and Gregory Plunkett. The article examines the importance of calendar plants, whose flowering or fruiting provide an indication of the change of seasons and cues for certain activities, such as gardening, hunting, and fishing.


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Popular Science: Mushrooms Might Save the World--If They Don't Kill Us First

Dr. Roy Halling is NYBG’s mushroom man. As curator of mycology, he splits his time between the lab and the field. On a tour of the Bronx-based herbarium, which houses almost 8 million specimens, Halling told PopSci about the kingdom’s incredible capacity for rot.

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CNN en Español: Wild Medicine in the Tropics

“El poder curativo de las plantas” es parte de una exhibición que por estos días está realizando el Jardín Botánico de Nueva York. La encargada de hacer la selección, Dra. Ina Vandebroek, es una experta que se ha dedicado a estudiar el uso medicinal de las plantas en países tropicales. CNN en Español visitó la exhibición y nos tiene el informe.


WABC-TV Eyewtiness News features Wild Medicine in the Tropics

Eyewitness News reminds us that some of the most effective medicines come from nature. The story features Wild Medicine in the Tropics, an NYBG exhibit with nearly two dozen plants and trees along with information about how they are used to cure ailments.


NYBG Botanist Dr. Michael Balick 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.


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.


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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.