Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bringing back extinct plants from herbarium specimens?

Forgotten inheritance: The 150-year-old herbarium of the University of Namur in Belgium is being catalogued for the first time. Among the discoveries is a specimen of Bromus bromoideus, Brome of the Ardennes, a grass endemic to Belgium which went extinct in the 1930s. The European Native Seed Conservation Network is apparently trying to bring the plant out of extinction using stored seed. The article doesn't make it clear whether they expect to get viable seed from the 1852 specimen. (Read more)

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