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UMass Amherst Biologist Receives Fulbright to Study Ancient Native Plants and Invasive Insect Threat

AMHERST, Mass. – Benjamin Normark, professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was recently selected as a Fulbright scholar and will spend the fall 2016 semester in Mexico documenting the spread of the insect, cycad aulacaspis scale. It is an invasive species that threatens the country’s cycads, plants sometimes called “living fos- sils” because they have changed little in the last 280 million years.

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Summer Fellowship Reports

Reports from the 2012 summer fellowship program are coming in.

Herbarium Curator Karen Searcy announces Mellon grant

The University of Massachusetts Herbarium recently received an Andrew W. Mellon “Global Plants Initiative” grant to create a coordinated database of images and information for the approximately 1300 Type Specimens housed in the collection.

Database Upgrades to Improve Access to Collections

The Specify6 database, developed at the University of Kansas, is widely used in the U.S. for specimen collections.

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Flora of Franklin County

Herbarium Curator Karen Searcy continues to work with a small group of regional botanists on documenting the flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts, our neighboring county to the north. 

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