Category: Research Resources

Herbarium

Plant Identification

Multiple plant identification books are available for use at local libraries, for purchase at bookstores, or for use in the BRIT library. Try to find

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Herbarium

Acquisitions, Loans, and Exchanges

The BRIT Herbarium grows through the active exchange of plant material with other institutions, the acquisition of orphaned or donated herbaria, and donations of plant

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Herbarium Curation Projects

Microscope Slide Collection

The BRIT Microscope Slide Collection incorporates over 16,000 glass microscope slides, representing an important resource for the study of pollen and plant anatomy.

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Herbarium Curation Projects

R. Dale Thomas Collection (NLU)

Prior to its move to BRIT, the R. Dale Thomas Collection (NLU) was housed at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The herbarium acronym NLU

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Herbarium Curation Projects

Herbarium Digitization

Specimen Digitization = Imaging + Databasing + Georeferencing The BRIT herbarium is in the process of imaging key specimens at high resolution, and converting textual

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Herbarium Curation Projects

Herbarium Inventory

Overview Since its inception in 1987, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) has been a repository for orphaned herbaria—including the collections from Southern Methodist

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Current Research

Conservation Seed Laboratory and Seed Bank

Texas is home to 448 rare vascular plant species, including 113 species categorized by NatureServe as Critically Imperiled (G1) and at high risk for extinction. For many of these species only a handful of individual plants remain in the wild. These plants are faced with increasing levels of threats, with population growth and the resulting development, land use changes, invasive species, and now climate change all threatening to push our rarest species closer to extinction.

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Cabinet Curiosities

Rows (and Rose) of Wood!

This summer the BRIT Herbarium began investigating and curating a unique collection of specimens comprised mostly from the Houston Public Museum (HPM) (now known as the Houston Museum

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Digital Resources

BRIT’s Computer Vision(aries)

Our interns and volunteers are invaluable at BRIT. In this series, they discuss their experiences with us. This summer, four high school students from Trinity Valley

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