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Education and Outreach

Crowl, Andrew [1], Manos, Paul [2], Weakley, Alan [3], Krings, Alexander [4].

Southeastern Botany Hub: Toward a centralized, integrated network of botanists working on the flora of the southeastern US.

The flora of the southeastern US is remarkably rich by all standards. Its Coastal Plain, now recognized as a global hotspot of biodiversity, in addition to the Mountain and Piedmont vegetation zones encompass a broad range of plant community types. Our understanding of plant diversity in the region has improved steadily with the publication of recent taxonomic treatments, state floras, advancements in specimen digitization, and most notably, the Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States (Weakley, 2015). Over the last 35 years, at least 140 species new to science have been documented in the southeastern US. Many of them are rare or threatened. In an attempt to facilitate research of this diversity, a research portal is under development. This portal will serve a range of interest-groups by centralizing critical information, highlighting recent research articles, providing nomenclatural updates, and guiding prospective researchers to rewarding and important projects. Anticipated goals include greater coordination of research, increased communication between professionals and the public, and fund-raising to support projects that aim to advance our understanding of the rich plant diversity present in the southeastern US.

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1 - Duke University, Biology, 330 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC, 27708, United States
2 - Duke University, Biology, Science Drive, Box 90338, Box 90338, Durham, NC, 27708, United States
3 - UNC-Chapel Hill , UNC Herbarium / NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599, USA
4 - North Carolina State University, Plant and Microbial Biology, 2109 Gardner Hall, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA

Research portal.

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Education and Outreach Poster Section
Location: Grand Ballroom - Exhibit Hall/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PEO011
Abstract ID:919
Candidate for Awards:None

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