Category Archives: Botany

One Hundred Lichens New to Quebec, Canada, and North America from the Gaspé Peninsula

Troy McMullin went for a backcountry ski in Parc national de la Gaspésie and discovered a lichenologist’s wonderland. Continue reading

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Undiscovered backyard biodiversity: New lichen species discovered in Guelph, Canada

Troy McMullin’s inventory of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, reveals that there is still lots of undiscovered biodiversity in our backyards. Continue reading

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Collecting diatoms in sunny Italy: Citizen scientist brings specimens for museum’s collection

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes reports on his Italian vacation that included Pompei, St. Peter’s Basilica…and collecting diatoms. Continue reading

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Botanist reveals his favourite grass

While Canadian news stories swirl around weed, Jeff Saarela reveals his favourite grass. (Hint: It’s Canadian homegrown.) Continue reading

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Art and Science: A Natural Mix

In anticipation of the Art of the Plant exhibition, Cassandra Robillard reflects that the love of art and natural history often bloom together. Continue reading

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Visitor-turned-volunteer ushers museum’s fern collection into the 21st century

After almost 50 years as a visitor, Erica Eason turned volunteer to reorganize the museum’s fern collection for the 21st century. Continue reading

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World’s largest botany conference: “Care for Plants, Care for our Future”

What’s big, green and full of plant scientists? The International Botanical Congress, of course! This past July, in Shenzen, China, three Museum of Nature botany researchers gathered with 7000 others at the world’s largest gathering of plant scientists. Read museum researcher Jeff Saarela’s behind-the-scenes account. Continue reading

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Two Rare Species, One Big Trip

As a member of the historic C3 voyage that circumnavigated Canada’s coastline in summer 2017, Paul Sokoloff writes about the search for two very special species of plants that exist only in one small area of the vast Canadian Arctic. Continue reading

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Moss and Lichen: Wait, what’s the difference?

To Canadian Museum of Nature cryptogam enthusiast Cassandra Robillard they are small, fascinating and loveable. But for most people, a look at the botany assistant’s favourite organisms draws the question: What’s that? Continue reading

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A Green Tour of Rideau Hall for Museum Botanists

This summer, museum botanists toured the magnificent rooms and greenhouses of Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario. Continue reading

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