Herbarium Specimen Preparation -- Invasive Species Vouchers

Nicki Hall mounting preserved invasive plant
specimens collected on White Memorial Foundation.

The specimens and labels are mounted to the herbarium paper
by laying them into a thin layer of adhesive that is spread over a flat surface.  

Every specimen has data that needs to be digitized and stored in a database. 

We have collected specimens from several invasive plant species that inhabit White Memorial Foundation.  These specimens voucher their existence on the property.  Scientists and policy makers can use these specimens in their work when these specimens are stored at Research Herbarium in Connecticut.  This past growing season (2011) was our first year for collecting specimens and we will continue this work until every invasive plant species has a voucher specimen.  This work will help the White Memorial staff prioritize species and habitats that are affected by invasive plants.  

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