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"Irreplaceable" Plant Specimins Destroyed in Australian Quarantine Blunder

GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
edited May 2017 in Daily News


A review of Australia's quarantine procedures has been undertaken after historic and valuable plant specimens from France were destroyed by biosecurity officers.

In March, a collection of rare flowering plants sent by the Museum of Natural History in Paris to Queensland's herbarium in Brisbane was incinerated.

Michelle Waycott, who chairs the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, said the pressed plant specimens dated back to the mid-1800s.

"They were the first type specimens collected of a species," she said.

"That would be the equivalent of material collected in the Flinders expedition, going and then destroying those.

Ms Waycott said it was the second similar incident in a matter of weeks.

It is understood a collection of lichen specimens from New Zealand's Allan Herbarium destined for the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra was also recently destroyed by biosecurity officers.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-08/irreplaceable-plant-specimens-destroyed-by-biosecurity-officers/8504944




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  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    In March, a collection of rare flowering plants sent by the Museum of Natural History in Paris to Queensland's herbarium in Brisbane was incinerated.

    It is understood a collection of lichen specimens from New Zealand's Allan Herbarium destined for the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra was also recently destroyed by biosecurity officers.


    We have to admire the officers' courage in admitting it instead of rushing out and replacing it with a bunch of local lichen.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Indeed, there must be some egg on their faces.

    And thanks for the typo warning!  Missed that during my proof-read.
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