The Systematics Association presents:
Professor John Wood (Oxford) – Plant Hunting in the 21st century
The speaker will illustrate trends in plant hunting using his experience in the field and the herbarium as a means of highlighting changing methods and priorities. During the 20th century the steady fall in the number of botanically unexplored regions of the world combined with a series of developments in both politics and conservation has made traditional botanical exploration increasingly a thing of the past. However the extensive unworked collections in many leading herbaria remain an important source of new species and inter-institutional and international collaboration in both field and herbarium will ensure that we continue to advance towards achieving a complete inventory of the world’s flowering plants.
Introduction by Dr Robert Scotland (President, Systematics Association):