I am a new Prof at a small college.
We have a small herbarium collection and
I have been put in charge. I have never
managed a herbarium before and am in need
*What insecticides/fungicides are
good for treating new specimens? The
cabinets are in a lecture room so I would
prefer to use items that are not extremely
toxic to humans.
*I am slowly cataloging the collection.
When I have a list put together is there a way
to let the rest of the world know what we have?
Is there an online list of herbaria? Should I
send the list to an organization, if so which
one? I have not finished even a fourth of the
collection, but we have two with Asa Gray's name
on them and many specimens from the 1800's!
*There are some specimens that are from
locations I do not have keys for. I am using
Gray's manual of Botany for eastern plants, and
I also have Gleason and Cronquist. Could someone
recommend a good key for central and western flora
of the US?
*Some specimens are so old that I fear the
genus and species have been reorganized since their
first identification. Also there are others that I
can not key out (I am in fact a dumb plant physiologist).
Are there places where specimens can be sent for a
confirmation of their identification?
Thank you for your help and patience.
Scott T. Meissner
Division of Science and Mathematics
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
smeissne at a1.mckendree.edu
smeissne at prairienet.org