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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XXI, Number 4, October 2014

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OFFICIAL COUNT BEGINS. This week, personnel of the Museo Nacional began a full-blown statistical analysis of the collections at INBio in preparation for their incorporation into the National Herbarium (CR). Based solely on material currently entered in ATTA (the INBio database), the INB herbarium contains (at least theoretically) approximately 183,000 plant specimens, while the entomology department reports approximately three million specimens. Rather than making a full and exact count of all the specimens physically present in the building, CR accountants have determined a method to sample a much-reduced number of specimens for such things as quality of preservation and correspondence of label information with that in the database. They are also assessing the status of unmounted material in process (not yet databased), so as to get an idea of the work involved with continued maintenance and curation. Even considering that the accounting is of a small sample of the total, our Museo colleagues surely have several weeks of hard work ahead.

IN RESIDENCE AT MO. We welcome to the Missouri Botanical Garden José Miguel Chaves Fallas (HLDG), here until mid-November courtesy of an Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship. Miguel is hard at work on a floristic checklist for OTS's Las Cruces Biological Station, where he serves as technical assistant in the herbarium. Prior to arriving at MO, he visited fern specialist Robbin C. Moran at NY and squeezed in a side-trip to Maine.

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