Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants


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Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Timber Press Pages: 304 Language: English ISBN: 9781604699302 Category:

A Treasury Like No Other Since the 1500s, scientists have documented the plants and fungi that grew around them, organizing the specimens into collections. Known as herbaria, these archives helped give rise to botany as its own scientific endeavor. Herbarium is a fascinating enquiry into this unique field of plant biology, exploring how herbaria emerged and have changed over time, who promoted and contributed to them, and why they remain such an important source of data for their new role: understanding how the world’s flora is changing. Barbara Thiers, director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden, also explains how recent innovations that allow us to see things at both the molecular level and on a global scale can be applied to herbaria specimens, helping us address some of the most critical problems facing the world today. At its heart, Herbarium is a compelling reminder of one of humanity’s better impulses: to save things–not just for ourselves, but for generations to come.

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"With lavish illustrations of places and people; portraits of key players; herbaria specimens; and beautiful, full-color artists' renderings, this carefully researched, detailed homage to herbaria will appeal to those deeply interested in plant exploration and botany." --Library Journal

Author Biography

As Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, Barbara Thiers is responsible for overseeing the Garden's collection of 7.8 million vascular plants, algae, bryophytes, and fungi and the 30 staff members who manage these collections. The Steere Herbarium is the largest in the western hemisphere, and second largest in the world. Her studies have taken her to Australia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.