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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Eserman, Lauren [1], Brinkman, Becky [2], Whitehurst, Lauren [3], Determann, Ron [2], Burgess, Kevin [4], Coffey, Emily [1].

Curation and DNA barcoding of the orchid collection at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The permanent living plant collection at the Atlanta Botanical Garden currently houses approximately 2,000 orchid species, which have been under active development for over 25 years. This Orchid Collection is one of the signature plant groups permanently maintained by skilled full-time orchid center staff at ABG. These species span the vast orchid diversity with representatives from nineteen of the thirty-two orchid tribes. Especially well represented are the euglossine bee pollinated orchids (subtribe Stanhopeinae). Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we have begun curation and DNA barcoding of the ABG orchid collection. As a result of this project, DNA barcodes, species images, and collections information are being submitted to the open access database BOLD (the Barcode of Life Database), and herbarium vouchers of the living collection are being deposited at Columbus State University. Furthermore, a DNA library is being created from orchid species and will be housed at ABG. These activities will result in an improved understanding of the diversity housed in the permanent living orchid collection as well as a starting point for more focused studies of orchid biodiversity. Additionally, this project allows us to identify taxonomic gaps in the collection that can be filled in future collection expansion. Finally, we are developing a training program for high school and undergraduate students as well workshops for teachers and professionals at ABG. This project will facilitate open access to plant biodiversity information and natural history resources for future orchid conservation.


1 - Atlanta Botanical Garden, Conservation & Research, 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States
2 - Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States
3 - Columbus State University, 242 GA Hwy 26, 242 GA Hwy 26, Cusseta, GA, 31805, United States
4 - Columbus State University, Biology, 4225 University Ave., Columbus, GA, 31907, United States

Keywords:
Orchidaceae
curation
DNA barcoding.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
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Abstract ID:381
Candidate for Awards:None


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