Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Crowd Sourcing The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium Plant Database

Help Contribute to Our Understanding of Biodiversity, the Environment, and Global Climate Change

The William and Linda Steere Herbarium at The New York Botanical Garden houses over 7 million plant specimens gathered from around the world for over the past two hundred and fifty years.

Plants supply most of the world’s food, fuel, shelter and medicine, and plant specimens help us answer the most critical questions facing our planet. Questions such as: “How many species are there and how are they related? What environmental factors control their growth? And how do plants respond to climate change?”

Now you can help scientists to better understand our planet by transcribing plant specimen labels in our newly released crowd sourcing effort, hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia.

Choose an expedition studying the Oaks of North America or the Plants of the Caribbean. Click the “Start Transcribing” button to log in and get started.

Click here to start transcribing Oaks of North America or the Plants of the Caribbean

To learn more about the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, make sure to watch “Treasures of New York: The New York Botanical Garden” this Thursday, June 27th at 10:30pm on channel Thirteen.

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