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  Re: [Aroid-l] Exact locations of plants
From: Ron Kaufmann kaufmann at sandiego.edu> on 2006.09.26 at 15:42:49(14653)
Hi Brian et al.,

Is geocaching the game you're talking about? There's been a lot of
discussion in the plant community about the use and abuse of GPS
coordinates that are collected in the vicinity of plants, especially
rare and desirable ones. The main benefit seems to be that a botanist
can know exactly where a plant or plant population is located, which can
be invaluable for determining species identity, relationships among
closely related species, community characteristics, etc. Basically,
good geographical information can be very important in doing good science.

The concern comes from the publishing of those coordinates, which
(theoretically) allows anyone with a decent GPS unit to find the
location of a particular plant or plant population and collect what they
find. I'm sure we've all heard stories about collectors stripping
desirable plants from their native habitat, and GPS technology
facilitates this kind of behavior to an unprecedented degree. This
problem may not be as relevant to aroids as to other groups that have
the potential for greater economic return (cacti, orchids, etc.), but
it's still an important consideration.


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