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Plant Science

Plant Science

At a Crossroads: Plants and the Endangered Species Act

Posted in Plant Science

The federal government recently announced plans to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the most important legislation ever enacted to protect threatened plants and ... Read More

Behind the Scenes, Plant Science

Digitizing Herbarium Specimens

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Plant Science

In our Steere Herbarium, a combination of capturing ultra high-resolution images of specimens and entering detailed information about each specimen in a searchable database is ... Read More

Environment & Conservation, Plant Science

Amazonia Ablaze: A Record Year for Forest Fires in Brazil

Posted in Environment & Conservation, Plant Science

A renowned landscape architect, Burle Marx was also a passionate, outspoken conservationist. His writings on environmental topics in Brazil—powerful when written a half-century ago—have a ... Read More

Plant Science

Oprah Joins the World of Lichens

Posted in Plant Science

Dolly Parton isn't the only public figure to have a new species of lichen named after her by NYBG scientists. Following precedent in naming discoveries ... Read More

Plant Science

The Botany Bill: Proposed Legislation Highlights Importance of Native Plants on Federal Lands

Posted in Plant Science

Proposed legislation has been introduced in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives with the rather formidable title “Botanical Sciences and Native Plant ... Read More

Environment & Conservation, Plant Science

Paris Conference Concludes with Accord on Climate Change, Emphasizing a Huge Role for the World’s Forests

Posted in Environment & Conservation, Plant Science

As noted in my most recent post, negotiators at the Paris climate conference, known as COP21, emphasized the importance of the role of forests in ... Read More

Plant Science

New Additions to a Prized Mushroom’s Family Tree

Posted in Plant Science

The true porcini mushroom is well-known as a prized edible mushroom. Boletus edulis, as it is known scientifically, has a common name in just about ... Read More

How To, Plant Science

A Dominican Tea for Cold Winter Evenings

Posted in How To, Plant Science

Plants, after all, are not always innocuous. Some, like food-grade castor oil from Ricinus communis, require extensive Read More

History & People, Plant Science

Flashes in the Twilight

Posted in History & People, Plant Science

One evening as twilight settled over the garden of Hammarby, an idyllic farm near Uppsala in Sweden, a botanically inclined young lady noticed flashes of ... Read More

Inside our Collections, Plant Science

In Search of Thomas Edison’s Botanical Treasures

Posted in Inside our Collections, Plant Science

The quiet corridors of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium here at The New York Botanical Garden are lined with steel cabinets where preserved plant ... Read More

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