Field Museum Bringing Early Land Plant Collections Into the Third Millennium

A Conversion & Digitization Project Supported By The National Science Foundation

The Botany Department at The Field Museum is re-housing, databasing and digitizing almost 200,000 bryophyte specimens (early land plants) from storage on sheets to enclosed packets, which due to their delicate nature, addresses the urgent concern over their long-term preservation. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation.

The first phase began in 2008. The second phase is due to start in April 2011.

The bryophyte collection at The Field Museum is globally important and is one of only a few remaining American institutions with an actively growing collection and research program.

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