[Taxacom] Editorial on biodiversity collections

Derek Sikes dssikes at alaska.edu
Fri Oct 9 15:14:40 CDT 2020

Thanks Scott!

Very well said. Will be citing this in a chapter I'm writing.


On Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 10:48 AM Miller, Scott via Taxacom <
taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

> This editorial published today in SCIENCE focuses attention on the
> importance of biological collections in efforts to preserve biodiversity.
> The final paragraph, shown below, is especially relevant in these times.
> Raven, P. H., and S. E. Miller. 2020. Here today, gone tomorrow. Science
> 370(6513):149.
> Free download at https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6513/149
> "Many of the world's biological collections are in institutions that
> depend in part on attendance for their support. In this time of coronavirus
> disease 2019 (COVID-19), many of them will fail financially or be unable to
> continue maintaining their own collections. These and other potentially
> "orphan" collections have immense value and should be monitored and
> incorporated as needed into permanent homes. This is likely to be our last
> chance to know many of Earth's species. We must make the most of it."
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