East Coast Versus West Coast Transcription Battle

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We are co-launching simultaneously two new expeditions that are part of our “Understanding A Critical Symbiosis: Nitrogen Fixing in Plants” series. These new expeditions are a departure from the previous ones as we are only asking for a subset of typical fields. This subset are almost all “drop down” fields, with one exception, and generally cover “higher geography” such as country, state and county, along with date. For our East Coast entrant (the New York Botanical Garden), we are also asking for “verbatim scientific name” as it is written on the label, because this is useful for curator purposes at the Garden and may differ from what we have recorded.

Our West Coast entrant is the California Academy of Sciences herbarium, who were kind enough to host us for three weeks in January for a marathon effort to sample herbarium sheets.  Our worked focused on the very strong collections of nitrogen fixers from Mexico and Central America.  

So its East Versus West in an epic transcription battle!  We’ll update how each expedition is doing in terms of weekly effort and see who will get the crown.  

Finally a very quick update that we are motoring through extracting DNA from all our samples, and have had excellent success so far getting DNA from most of our samples.  We’ll have more to report about sequencing efforts, which are now underway, in a follow-up post.

Rob Guralnick and Ryan Folk, Florida Museum of Natural History

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