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Systematics Section/ASPT

Krings, Alexander [1], Goyette, Spencer [2], Suiter, Dale [3].

Revision in your pocket, microscope in your palm: Advancing mobile taxonomic resources--Recent work at the North Carolina State University Herbarium.

The mission of the North Carolina State University Herbarium (NCSC) is two-fold: (1) to document and understand plant diversity (Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, Convention for Biological Diversity),and (2) to transfer the taxonomic expertise developed to various users that depend on the generated knowledge. Providing mobile access to taxonomic resources, through smart phones and tablets, can significantly enhance the reach of not only teaching, but also extension transfer of primary research effort, thus contributing to capacity building where access to primary literature is limited. Recent work at NCSC is focused on a number of new mobile resources, two of which are presented here: (1) Rare plants of North Carolina: Federally listed species and their congeners, and (2) West Indian Gonolobinae. For professionals, mobile apps provide lightweight, yet authoritative, alternatives to field manuals and thus have the potential for increasing proficiency and accuracy in field identification.

Broader Impacts:

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1 - North Carolina State University, Plant Biology, Campus Box 7612, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA
2 - North Carolina State University, Department of Biology, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA
3 - US Fish & Wildlife Service, Raleigh, NC, 27636, USA

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 47
Location: Union C/Hyatt
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM
Number: 47005
Abstract ID:336

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