Herbarium challenge proceeds to progress

Far more than two a long time back, Dr. Tom Diggs dreamed of making a little-scale herbarium on the College of North Georgia’s (UNG) Gainesville Campus.

The herbarium would be a main assortment of dried plant specimens mounted, labeled and organized. As soon as the facts was confirmed, the plant would be photographed and the information and facts uploaded to a database.

Now, the prepare has achieved the halfway place many thanks to the difficult function of UNG college students and a 2018 Presidential Incentive Award.

“In 2018, we experienced very minor organization and no databases of samples,” said Diggs, associate professor of plant biology at UNG. “Even however COVID-19 has slowed us down, we now have 2,000 to 3,000 dried and mounted specimens and an actively managed database.”

Partnerships have aided that progress. Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville place furnished obtain to specimens of all the garden’s pitcher plant species