Shipunov, Alexey .
Flora of North Dakota project.
North Dakota first plant inventory started in 1890s with the establishment of North Dakota Agricultural College and was reported independently by H.F. Bergman in 1918 and J. Lunell in 1915. They list approximately 960 plant species. Next (and unfortunately the last) inventory of North Dakota flora was published in 1950 (with some additions in 1963) by O.A. Stevens, making the total number of North Dakota plant species over 1200. In 1970-80s, E. DeKeyser (NDSU) organized a systematic research of North Dakota flora, but state inventory was not fully implemented: only part of North Dakota (mostly counties from Missouri Plains) was covered. The other ongoing effort is the online database for plants of Missouri plains (project of M.L. Gabel from Black Hills State University, SD). The project covers, however, only a half of state.
In all, contemporary plant inventory is highly desirable for North Dakota. Such an inventory will not only list plants in traditional way, but also incorporate "non-classic" methods including plant barcoding. We plan also to create on-line database which will provide information both for scientists and for local communities; it will include data about local and native plant uses and determination keys. Other proposed outcomes are: training students in floristic research; expanding MSU herbarium collection and making virtual herbarium; tracing invasive plants across the state; clarifying the state endangered and rare plant list; and performing a pilot research in patterns of heavy metal distribution in soils in accordance with floristic composition of plant communities across the state.
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1 - Minot State University, Biology, 500 University Ave, Minot, ND, 58707, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Location: Lindell A/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 4:45 PM