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  • National Herbarium of Jordan | Royal Botanic Garden
    List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Biodiversity Research National Herbarium of Jordan What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants National Virtual Herbarium Coordinator Maysa Shishani The National Herbarium of Jordan launched the National Virtual Herbarium NVH on January 12 2012 to allow online consultation of specimens from all of Jordan s herbaria Around 100 specimens are now available onscreen at the NVH and specimens will continue to be added until the entire flora of Jordan is represented The mission of the National Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden is to provide institutions scientists students and other interested parties with a collection of high quality herbarium specimens for all the flora of Jordan The National Herbarium of Jordan will preserve important native specimens and relevant

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  • What is a Herbarium? | Royal Botanic Garden
    Knowledge CBRR Info Day Forest Awareness Workshop 2nd Forest Awareness Workshop The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Biodiversity Research The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium The National Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants National Virtual Herbarium What is a Herbarium A herbarium is a collection of preserved plants usually in dried form used for botanical research It is a store of reference material The botanic specimens kept by a herbarium may be whole plants or parts of plants Each dried plant is mounted on archival paper and labeled with essential data usually descriptive and ecological collection data as well as the name of the collector s and the date of collection Herbarium specimens are stored in protective cabinets in a dry location They are classified and arranged to allow easy access A herbarium collection represents the diversity and distribution of the region s vegetation and its history At a herbarium you can identify plants by matching unnamed plants with named specimens in the collection You can also compare different species from one area or individuals of the same species from a range of different sites A herbarium is also considered an arbiter of correct names Printed floras soon

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  • Our Herbarium Collection | Royal Botanic Garden
    contains around 2 000 botanic specimens so far arranged by family and genus All our specimens have been collected from wild plants growing in Jordan mostly within the perimeter of the Royal Botanic Garden Our current facility has enough room to store 40 000 species Specimens are gathered in the field identified and pressed between cardboard After drying the specimens are subjected to a process of natural decontamination to kill any parasites or insect eggs Each specimen is kept in a freezer at about 40 C for 3 days then identified mounted on a sheet of white paper and labeled with all the related information While some herbaria use chemicals to decontaminate their specimens we have chosen the deep freezing method as we do not wish to damage or discolour our specimens and we do not condone the use of poisons Some botanical species such as orchids lose much of their unique beauty when they are dried We plan to keep such specimens in jars using an alcohol based preservation system in the future In January 2012 we inaugurated the National Virtual Herbarium the first online herbarium in the Middle East making high definiition photographs of herbarium specimens from all the herbaria of Jordan available to all free of charge An upcoming project involves creating DNA vouchers for DNA preservation of Jordan s native plants The first herbarium collection at the RBG was obtained in the spring of 2006 during a plant survey conducted by Professor Dawud Al Eisawi of the University of Jordan in March April and May In April 2008 a group of scientists from the National Botanical Gardens of Ireland visited the RBG During their visit herbarium specimens were collected from the RBG s main site at Tal Al Rumman and other parts of Jordan These samples

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  • Type Specimens | Royal Botanic Garden
    Economic Studies on Herding Local Knowledge CBRR Info Day Forest Awareness Workshop 2nd Forest Awareness Workshop The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Biodiversity Research The National Herbarium Type Specimens The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants National Virtual Herbarium A type specimen is the single herbarium sheet or illustration designated in the original publication of a new scientific name as representing the plant that is being named Any later researcher working on the taxonomy of that plant or related plants needs to find and examine as much of the original type material as possible in order to understand the work that has gone before As such type specimens represent a major and irreplaceable national and international asset The example pictured here is a type specimen from Kew Gardens in the UK At the RBG we do not currently have any type specimens in our Herbarium However we are very aware of the value of our national type specimens Therefore we are seeking to determine the location of all type specimens in Jordan At this stage the RBG is contacting all the major herbaria in the country to ascertain the status of Jordan s type specimens and

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  • Specimen Collection and Acquisition Policies | Royal Botanic Garden
    Health Economic Studies on Herding Local Knowledge CBRR Info Day Forest Awareness Workshop 2nd Forest Awareness Workshop The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Biodiversity Research The National Herbarium Specimen Collection and Acquisition Policies The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens How to Collect Plants National Virtual Herbarium The RBG has a policy of ethical collecting Our collecting activities will not pose a significant threat to the survival of endangered wild species habitats or ecosystems Species not yet collected from the RBG s main site are the first target of herbarium specimen collecting in order to obtain a complete collection of all flora currently growing in the Royal Botanic Garden in Tal Al Rumman Jordan The second target is to obtain herbarium specimens of Jordanian flora either from other herbaria or institutions or by directly collecting them in the wild with the aim of having a complete collection of herbarium specimens of all Jordanian flora The third stage is to produce duplicates to be distributed to other herbaria in Jordan as needed After our new herbarium building is constructed type specimens other important specimens and important related material will be obtained from their sources and housed in the RBG s national

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  • How to Collect Plants | Royal Botanic Garden
    important bits of data must be recorded and kept with the specimen These include WHO collected the specimen WHERE the specimen was collected WHEN it was collected WHAT it looked like when alive Its size colour smell etc All these details must be written down and kept with the plant Pressing Take notes about features that will not be preserved on the dried specimen such as colour overall size and smell of the plant Surround the specimen with a first sheet of paper flimsy and then place several more sheets drying papers between each specimen Pad out bulky branches or roots with screwed up paper Apply heavy weights to make sure that the plant remains flat while it dries Lay out the plant in way that shows both the top and the bottom side of leaves and as many features of the flowers and their arrangement on the stem as possible Drying The best way is to approach this process is to dry out the drying papers rather than the plant Put sheets of newspaper on top of radiators or other hot surfaces until they get so dry that they crackle when touched Then exchange these for the sheets in your drying press daily for the first 2 or 3 days Also it is best to open the press after the first few hours to rearrange the now wilted plant so that you can make sure it is well laid out Mounting After drying glue tape or sew your specimens to a thin sheet of cardboard Attach a label and the collection data For mosses lichens and some fungi you would place them in a folded packet or envelope and attach that to the cardboard Storing Store your specimens in a dry place Freezing your dried specimens for 2 weeks

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  • Medicinal Plant Research | Royal Botanic Garden
    Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Biodiversity Research Medicinal Plant Research Rangeland Rehabilitation Mushroom Research Research Library The Royal Botanic Garden is one of 12 hotspots for medicinal and herbal plants in Jordan as 60 of the country s 330 plants of medicinal value have been found growing naturally within the Garden site We are protecting and propagating these medicinal plants and conducting research into their traditional and pharmaceutical uses In the future we intend to introduce local community projects connected with the production of herbal preparations Some of the species we are studying are shown in the gallery below Traditional Herbal Lore Not only are we propagating and conducting scientific research on medicinal plants that are native to Jordan We are also gathering traditional knowledge from

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  • Mushrooms Research | Royal Botanic Garden
    Awareness Workshop The National Herbarium What is a Herbarium Our Herbarium Collection Type Specimens Acquisition Policies How to Collect Plants Medicinal Plants Mushrooms Jordan Mushroom Project Jordan Plant Red List Research Library Library Donors Publications BOT ERA Project Community Development Investing in People Artisanal Workshop First Field Trip Sewing Trainees Graduate CIDA Funds the IGP Visiting an Art College Beekeeping Dairy Production Sustainable Living What is Sustainable Living Natural Materials Eco Building Ecodomes at the RBG Solar Cooking Composting Bioindicators Your Carbon Footprint Carbon Footprint Calculator SIDIG MED Project Events RBG Events Support us How You Can Help Donate You are here Home Biodiversity Research Mushrooms Research Rangeland Rehabilitation Medicinal Plants Research Library Jordan Mushroom Project Publications Coordinator Prof Dr Ahmad Almomany Mycologist University of Jordan The Royal Botanic Garden began its Jordan Mushroom Project headed by Prof Dr Ahmad Almomany the mushroom expert of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Jordan in September 2012 The goal of our mushroom research is to evaluate the edible genetic resources of the native mushrooms of Jordan All current mushroom production in Jordan depends on importing mushroom spores from outside the country as our native mushrooms have not yet been assessed for commercial production The research in our Mushrooms programme focuses on Evaluating the nutritious value of indigenous mushrooms Producing mushroom spores Identifying production protocols for edible native mushrooms at the lowest cost possible This project will also establish a database of all the mushrooms in Jordan s ecosystems After our research is completed the local community will be trained on the production protocols and procedures for growing selected native mushrooms Mushrooms will then serve as a source of alternative income The concept of rewarding the people for rewarding the ecosystem can be seen in mushroom growing Dr Almomany published a

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