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  [Aroid-l] Aroideana
From: crogers at ecoanalysts.com (D. Christopher Rogers) on 2007.09.14 at 09:13:07(16287)
Hiyer,

As regards the Aglaonema problem, there is no reason why an article cannot
be submitted describing what is known, and then detailing all the unknowns
and future research needs.

Another great topic in my mind, would be to present a catalog of the Aroids
in a given major collection. For example: Some one could write up a catalog
in phylogenetic order (according to TAG) of all the aroid species in the
living collections at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens, or maybe a university
collection. The purpose of this would be alert researchers where certain
plants may be found for pollen, seed, genetic, or morphological studies.
Similarly, people looking to increase the genetic diversity of their
collection may swap pollen, seeds or tubers. This could promote conservation
efforts for certain taxa. It might help people who are trying to identify a
plant they have, if they can find it in another collection and compare.

I have around 30 genera and about 90 species, but I do not think my little
collection is worth an article. But my local university has close to 100
genera with around 200 species. And I know there are important private
collections that that are even larger, that may have important species.

The same sort of catalog can be done for herbarium collections.

Just my two cents worth.
Christopher

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