Category Archives: Plants and Algae

Plants 2 Papers: The Sequel

Our botanists have found that 300 species of vascular plants in the lower Coppermine River region of Nunavut. Fourteen species were observed for the first time in Nunavut. By publishing the results of this research, our botanists promote the advancement of Arctic knowledge. Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Progress: Sampling Diatoms in the Holy Land

A museum volunteer shares diatoms that he collected while travelling in Israel, Palestine and Egypt last autumn. Continue reading

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Where in the World Is Snow Grass? Part 2

Dogged searching to the ends of the Earth—Did the keen botany student find snow grass? Continue reading

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Where in the World Is Snow Grass? Part 1

A passionate botany student tells of her adventures looking for the answer. Continue reading

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“Royal Canadian” Diatoms from the Rideau Hall Pond in Ottawa

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes collects “Royal” diatoms from a pond on the grounds of the Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, Ontario. Continue reading

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Windswept Wonders: Collecting Plants and Lichens in Arviat

Paul Sokoloff reflects on a one-month collecting trip by museum botanists around a Nunavut community on the shores of Hudson Bay. Continue reading

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Bioblitz: Nature Nuts Combine Forces

On your marks! Get set! Go collect! Continue reading

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Summertime Fieldwork in Canada’s Accessible Arctic

To collect Arctic plants—that’s the mission of the museum botanists who are heading north to explore the area around Arviat, on Hudson Bay, Nunavut. Continue reading

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The “Martian” Flora: Extreme Life in Extreme Environments

Wondering what plants on Mars might look like? Museum botanist Paul Sokoloff and colleagues recently published a “Martian” flora following their mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, USA. Continue reading

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Northern Plants in the Capital: Mer Bleue Bog

Museum botanist Paul Sokoloff offers a tour of a well-known wetland that is situated close to Canada’s capital. Definitely a change of scene! Continue reading

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