[Taxacom] Editorial on biodiversity collections

Scott Gardner slg at unl.edu
Fri Oct 9 16:13:18 CDT 2020


Very true. It is so important now for all of us to keep our eyes open to the potential demise of collected collections. Scott Gardner

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Thanks Scott!

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

-Derek

On Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 10:48 AM Miller, Scott via Taxacom <
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> 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.
>
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> "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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