Blogs & Videos: Plants

Thoughts on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

Friday before last, Camila Duarte and I spent the day down at the University of Chicago.  Camila is a visiting Brazilian student who has worked with colleague Camila Ribas in Manaus, Brazil.  She will be gathering molecular data on several species of birds that inhabit white sand forests in the Amazon Basin over the next five months.  

Video: Discovering New Plant Species in the Amazon

We're excited to present the first Field Revealed episode to highlight The Field Museum's rapid inventory work! This week's episode comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out "rapid inventories" with The Field Museum's Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams.  Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas--information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts.

Connecting Biodiversity Research & Collections with Curriculum

The first of two synergistic Biosynthesis meetings relating to the central theme of an integrative systematic study of the liverwort genus Frullania was held over two days on Sept. 29 and 30. The project includes novel elements to help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and reduce the taxonomic impediment.

Scans of Neotropical Loranthaceae & friends

Loranthaceae is the original family of Mistletoes, mostly robust woody shrubs and vines that parasitize other trees, and sometimes even each other. Some are terrestrial, parasitizing root systems and others grow directly on the branches of the host. The thick green leaves have a rubbery look, and a tendency to break up like peanut brittle when dried as herbarium specimens. The flowers of some species are spectacular, red, and bird-pollinated, while in others they look like barnacles.

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