To increase the utility of its collections and to protect historical specimens from destructive sampling, NCSC is making freely available samples of recent and silica gel desiccated plant material for taxonomic research. A unique attribute of this initiative in North Carolina is its focus on the scale of florulas, rather than select taxa. Collecting in silica, in addition to making regular vouchers, was trialed in 2008 and is now the standard practice by floristic researchers at NCSC. Making this material available for molecular studies that elucidate plant evolutionary relationships is consistent with the primary mission of NCSC to document and understand plant diversity.
View available material here (excel file)
Release of silica-gel desiccated material is governed by a Technology Transfer Agreement. Material is only made available to non-commercial research seeking to elucidate phylogenetic relationships or otherwise directly contribute to plant systematics.
Researchers interested in obtaining samples should submit a succinct, one page proposal, specifying the research objectives, the proposed methodology, and how our samples fit into the sampling plan. The credentials of research personnel involved should be identified separately, either through a brief biosketch or cv. Requests should be sent or emailed to the Director, Herbarium, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7612. Requests will be reviewed and applicants notified promptly.
It is expected that researchers utilizing samples from NCSC:
-acknowledge NCSC and all agencies from whose lands samples were collected in any resulting publications
-provide reprints (preferably digital) to NCSC of any resulting publications
-publish jointly with NCSC staff whenever appropriate
-register GenBank/EMBL accession numbers
Silica-gel desiccated material is stored in a -20 deg C freezer. NCSC reserves the right to request contributions in the future to off-set the cost of maintaining and expanding adequate facilities for this collection.