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[Aroid-l] Alocasia zebrina reticulata
From: mossytrail at hctc.com (mossytrail) on 2008.07.15 at 03:00:13(18157)|
> What a shame. What will happen when there are no field
> botanists with the knowledge to recognize species in
> habitat? I have taken young molecular taxonomists into
> the field and some of them really have no clue what they
> are looking at until you tell them. At this rate, there
> will come a time when no field botanists will be able to
> lead them to their samples...which they send off to
> distant labs to analyze the relationships.
The other side is, those of us who ARE interested mainly in
the field side of things have to consider our options. I am
starting grad school this fall. Of the several schools I
applied to, the one which offered me a position was East
Carolina University, with a faculty member who mostly does
wetland biodiversity processes, i.e., ecology. Yes, I
believe I will enjoy that, as it does relate to my
(admitteldly wide-ranging) interests; but whether I will be
able later to cross over into field taxonomy, who knows?
> The other problematic issue I see is that whole genomes|
> are not analyzed, only sections that are not necessarily
> associated with known characteristics. I see a great need
> for traditional botany...but the lure of molecular biology
> is hooking most of the young fish these days.
The young fish, as in every time, have to think about their
long-term prospects. Molecular biology is often portrayed
as the wave of the future, and thus can *appear* to be a
better long-term prospect than traditional botany. If you
want more young scientists to enter traditional botany,
including field taxonomy, they need to see how it can be an
equally good long-term prospect. If they are not aware of
this, they are not making fully informed decisions.
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