That time when we all stayed home: The critical need for herbaria and continued plant collecting - The Plant Press

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As part of my work supporting our local municipality I collect voucher specimens of the major flora in our estuary; these are fundamental data to document current conditions, complex and changing. To assume all is known of these species in this ecosystem is a fools mistake. The collection of basic data are absolutely essential to maybe uncovering new understanding of an ubiquitous ecosystem. I have also noted the bias in collections around the world, shaped often as you pointed out, by a dominant collection - someone's special area of interest. I hope these biases are recognized by researchers. In a sense my collection is biased as well as I only collect from my estuary in northeast Florida.

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