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Plant pathologists express need for plant pathology-related microbial culture resources
Microbial culture collections have played a crucial part in accelerating the progress of research in the biological sciences, but a collection dedicated to plant pathogens is still needed say plant pathologists with the American Phytopathological Society (APS). (2003-12-05)

Lack of science support fails Brazil
Reflecting on Brazil's National Museum fire, scientists warn against lack of museum investment. (2018-09-27)

MOU between the Smithsonian and the National Park Service broadens access and research
Scientific, educational and programmatic access to specimens from some of America's most important sites has been enhanced through a new partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday, April 25, that gives broader access to National Park Service collections through the Smithsonian's care and management of them. (2012-04-26)

Natural history museum professionals, biodiversity scientists identify needs
Today, the Biodiversity Collections Network released a report, 'Building a More Networked System for Communicating about Natural History Collections.' This report includes overarching recommendations for how the biodiversity sciences community can improve communication within the community and with key decision-makers. (2016-04-06)

Entomological Society of America releases statement on the importance of insect collections
The Entomological Society of America has issued a statement about the value of entomological collections and the need to implement protections for these irreplaceable resources. (2016-01-19)

Experts gather to consider opportunities from initiatives to digitize biodiversity collections, data
Thirty scientists, communication and outreach experts, and natural science collection administrators from across the country are gathering in Chicago this week for a two-day meeting to explore how the biodiversity collections community can better collaborate to share biodiversity information with the public and key decision-makers. The Biodiversity Collections Network organized and is sponsoring the meeting. (2015-08-31)

Museums increasingly turn to scientists to preserve treasures
Museums are increasingly seeking help from chemists in an effort to understand and preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of the treasures in their collections. That's the topic of the cover story in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. (2009-10-21)

Yale study reinforces theory that babies count
Babies who look longer at certain objects are counting, not just looking at new shapes and textures, according to a study by Yale University researchers. (2002-04-29)

Springer launches French- and Italian-language eBook collections
Springer is now offering two more language-specific eBook collections, in French and Italian. The French collection is comprised of about 330 titles, and the Italian collection offers over 400 titles, both ranging from 2005 through 2013. These collections aim to address the needs of the French- and Italian-language research communities who now have the option of accessing relevant scientific content from medicine, mathematics, computer science and other fields. (2013-06-20)

Springer Nature merger to see Palgrave Macmillan titles join Springer eBook collections
Palgrave Macmillan and Springer have decided to align their eBook collections, collating all Palgrave Connect eBooks on SpringerLink and adding thousands more to the Springer Book Archives, as a result of the recent combination of Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media to create Springer Nature. (2015-10-15)

There are so many Amazonian tree species, we won't discover the last one for 300 years
In a new study in Scientific Reports, scientists have compiled data from museums around the world to find how many Amazonian tree species have been described so far. The answer: 11,676. They also estimate that there are another 4,000 species yet to be discovered, and it will take 300 years to find them all. The report includes a checklist of all known Amazonian trees for conservation ecologists to use in their work. (2016-07-13)

Making science museums more dynamic, beneficial
Are science and natural history museums warehouses filled with insignificant artifacts, or vital educational centers that shed light on critical contemporary issues? Join experts from some of the world's greatest cultural institutions as they discuss new ways to make museums more relevant, beneficial. June 8-9 in Chicago at Sears Tower and The Field Museum. Sponsored by Assn. of Systematics Collections (2001-05-31)

WDCM released first Microbial Resource Development Report for China
The World Data Center for Microorganisms (WDCM) and Center for Microbial Resources and Big Data of the Institute of Microbiology of CAS (IMCAS) jointly released the '2016 Microbial Resource Development Report for China' on Sept. 6. It is the first report on China's microbial resource development. (2016-09-07)

Field Museum to receive federal grant for unlocking 350 million years of biodiversity
The Field Museum of Natural History is receiving $115,000 through the Collections Stewardship program category of the Institute of Museum and Library Studies Museums for America grant program. The money will be used for a project to digitize 75,000 fern herbarium specimens from the Americas and digitally photograph and database 7,000 fossilized ferns from North America. (2013-09-12)

In a new method for searching image databases, a hand-drawn sketch is all it takes
Computer scientists at the University of Basel have developed a new method for conducting image and video database searches based on hand-drawn sketches. The user draws a sketch on a tablet or interactive paper, and the system searches for a matching image in the database. The new method is free to access for researchers. (2016-05-31)

OU and Smithsonian address challenges of curating ancient biomolecules
University of Oklahoma researchers, led by Courtney Hofman and Rita Austin, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, are addressing the challenges of curating ancient biomolecules and working toward the development and dissemination of best practices. In a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hofman and her collaborators suggest museums play a critical role among stakeholders in ancient biomolecules research and should be responsive to these concerns. (2019-01-29)

Who owns the bones? Should bodies in museum exhibits be returned home?
Clinical Anatomy explores the argument that curators should return bodies to their native communities for burial. (2014-02-04)

GBIF making the search for biodiversity research resources easier
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Biodiversity Information Standards and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh have signed a memorandum of cooperation to build an internet-based biodiversity collections index. (2007-12-05)

Enron becomes unlikely data source for computer science researchers
Computer science researchers have turned to unlikely sources -- including Enron -- for assembling huge collections of spreadsheets that can be used to study how people use this software. The goal is for the data to facilitate research to make spreadsheets more useful. (2015-04-29)

National licenses for large databases and periodical archives
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will fund national licenses for digital publications in an effort to improve the provision of scientific library services at German universities. (2005-12-08)

JISC Collections purchases SpringerProtocols
Today, Springer announced that JISC Collections has purchased the archive content of SpringerProtocols, the world's largest database of life sciences protocols. With immediate effect the SpringerProtocols archive content (up to and including 2012) is available free of charge to UK Higher and Further Education institutions and Research Councils. SpringerProtocols currently contains more than 31,000 protocols, most of which come from the classic book series (2013-05-03)

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. (2014-07-30)

Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) website offers Additional Article Collections
Approximately a year ago we introduced an enhancement to the Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) -- the Article Collections. The collections are compilations of significant papers and research developments within a particular subject area, selected by experts in that area. All papers have been published in the JDS, assuring that the information is high quality peer reviewed work that can be cited with confidence. (2016-04-11)

Fossil shark turns in to mystery pterosaur
Lead author of the project, University of Portsmouth PhD student Roy Smith, discovered the mystery creature amongst fossil collections housed in the Sedgwick Museum of Cambridge and the Booth Museum at Brighton that were assembled when phosphate mining was at its peak in the English Fens between 1851 and 1900. These fossils found while workmen were digging phosphate nodules were frequently sold to earn a little bit of extra money. (2020-11-10)

40-year-old chorus frog tissues vital to Louisiana hybrid zone study
LSU researchers are shedding light on how often and where species hybridize through time, thanks to the rediscovery of 40-year-old tissue samples preserved at the LSU Museum of Natural Science, or LSUMNS. In a recent study published in Ecology and Evolution, they show that two species of chorus frogs now form hybrids across a much wider area of Louisiana and Mississippi than they did just 30-40 years earlier. (2016-07-15)

Mistaken identities of tropical plants raise questions on biodiversity data
The primary way that researchers know anything about the distribution of species in the natural world is via the specimen collections housed in museums all around the world. As a result, tremendous effort is being put into uploading data on those collections into free and accessible databases. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on Nov. 16 have uncovered a big problem: mistaken identities in those collections are incredibly common, at least among tropical plants. (2015-11-16)

Major World's Fairs archive to be digitized
Digital primary sources publisher, Adam Matthew, today announced the digitization of one of the largest World's Fairs collections in the world: the Donald G. Larson Collection at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno. (2014-04-29)

First functional fish head joint discovered in deep-sea dragonfishes in museum collections
Scientists with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the French Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle are the first to describe and illustrate an evolutionary novelty among fishes -- a unique, flexible connection between the skull and vertebral column in barbeled dragonfishes, a group of closely related deep-sea predatory fishes. The description details the first and only example of a complex, flexible head joint among fishes known to science. (2017-02-01)

Bringing natural history collections out of the dark
In a special issue of ZooKeys, initiated by the Natural History Museum London, Vince Smith and Vladimir Blagoderov bring together 18 papers by 81 authors to look at progress and prospects for mass digitizing entire natural history collections. (2012-07-24)

Electronic depositary of living systems created
An information system created within the framework of the 'Noah's ark' project has started working at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in the beginning of 2017. It includes data about samples from biological collections of the University and project partners. (2017-02-07)

Are museum collections of ancient life representative?
Members of the general public look to museums for the best examples of ancient life - the biggest dinosaur, the nicest fossils of plants and bugs. Increasingly, researchers are looking to museum collections to answer questions about what lived on earth millions of years ago and how life evolved. But are museum collections representative of what is found in nature? Maybe the curator just looked for T-rex teeth and flies in amber. (2004-11-01)

Museum-fueled global study shows you can't judge biodiversity by its bird
The canary in the coal mine, the supposed harbinger of threat for all those around it, isn't as true as it seemed for biodiversity conservation, according to a sweeping study in which a Michigan State University ornithologist participated. A global group of scientists including MSU's Pamela Rasmussen, has done the most detailed study yet of how rare and threatened species of birds, mammals and amphibians are distributed across the globe. (2006-11-01)

Academy vows to retain mineral collection
A court filing makes it official: The Academy of Natural Sciences has no intention of giving up its historic William S. Vaux mineral collection. President and CEO Dr. William Y. Brown, in an affidavit signed today in the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas, makes those intentions crystal clear. According to Brown's testimony, if the proposed sale of the 7,300-piece collection is not approved by the court, the Academy is (2007-06-15)

UEF's Digitarium digitises collections of the Natural History Museum of Norway
The digitization center Digitarium at the University of Eastern Finland and the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo have concluded an agreement (worth NOK 3 million) on the digitization of the museum's herbarium sheets. (2013-09-27)

Medieval pottery in the Basque Country (VIII-XIII centuries)
This work tackled that apparently Janusian nature of pottery artefacts and, though risking stating the obvious, underlined the importance of this two-sided character of this branch of archaeology. One facet is the taxonomic tool (chronological indicator) and the second is the hermeneutic tool (historical record or document). (2005-09-26)

Mellon grants benefit Academy specimen collection
The Academy of Natural Sciences today announced the receipt of two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in connection with the museum's world-renowned specimen collection. A $99,000 grant will fund the digitization of about 9,000 sheets of mostly Latin American and African type specimens of plants, some dating to before 1850. Online availability of specimen data and images will help researchers who lack access to a large research herbarium and to research-quality libraries. (2008-08-21)

Sorghum: Not so ho-hum
Researchers recently released 40 varieties of early-flowering sorghum bred for use in cooler, more temperate areas. These early-flowering varieties of sorghum are critical for the spread of the crop to more new locations. (2016-03-16)

National Science Foundation awards research grant for $1.1 million to UA Museum
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million research grant to the University of Alaska Museum to create the Arctic Archival Observatory, the first NSF-funded observatory of its kind in the U.S. The grant will also improve access to museum holdings for the global community and enhance hands-on opportunities for graduate students. (2000-06-28)

FASEB announces new database of research organism providers
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) launched a new tool to help biomedical and life science investigators identify US suppliers of research organisms ranging from algae to mice, fruit flies, and maize. The Database of US Providers of Research Organisms aids researchers searching for stock centers, living collections, and commercial providers, all of which play an essential role in providing scientists access to quality research organisms. (2016-12-20)

Lyin' eyes: Butterfly, moth eyespots may look the same, but likely evolved separately
The iconic eyespots that some moths and butterflies use to ward off predators likely evolved in distinct ways, providing insights into how these insects became so diverse. (2020-05-06)

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