UH botany department wins $1.4M grant

HONOLULU (AP) - The botany department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has won a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research plant species from more than a dozen Pacific locations.

The project will develop a consortium of herbaria located in Hawaii, American Samoa, Tonga, Palau, Guam and Fiji. A herbarium is a collection of dried plants.

Botany department Chairman Tom Ranker says the major goals of the consortium includes curating and digitally imaging nearly one million dried plant specimens, creating a standardized checklist, and making collections data and digital images available online.

The UH effort will be in collaboration with the Bernice P. Bishop Museum and National Tropical Botanical Garden.