Tag Archives: botany

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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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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Hey, You Stole My Chloroplast!

A curious case of hybridization in the Canadian Arctic. To solve the botanical puzzle, we used two valuable research tools—one traditional: the National Herbarium of Canada, and the other on the cutting edge of technology: DNA. Continue reading

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Catharine Parr Traill Herbarium Scrapbook Gets Careful Conservation Treatment

How do we preserve plant specimens that are more than a century old? Erika Range describes her conservation work on the precious collection of a celebrated botanist and Canadian pioneer. Continue reading

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Snapshots of (Natural) History

A cryptic, handwritten note beside a pressed plant in the museum’s collection piqued a botanist’s curiosity and led to the rediscovery of hundreds of 50-year-old photographs. Continue reading

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Arctic Field Trip: Ice in July Makes for Resourceful Researchers

In mid-July, ice was still blocking access to the 30 islands in Nunavut where botanist Jeff Saarela and his team wanted to do some fieldwork. Read his story. Continue reading

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Plants to Papers

It’s botany field season. Our botanists work hard to share their knowledge! Continue reading

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The Landscapes of Canada Gardens

A place to play, explore and relax: the museum is installing an outdoor plant “gallery”. Continue reading

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The Mars Diaries—two weeks at a space station in Utah

Botanist Paul Sokoloff writes about his discoveries and adventures as part of the crew for the Mars Desert Research Station. Continue reading

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Life on Mars?

On the eve of a two-week rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station as the crew biologist, museum botanist Paul Sokoloff draws a line that connects current research on Arctic plants and other organisms to the future exploration and habitation of other planets. Continue reading

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