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Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts



Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts

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Output: [Hleirlbairiiiuim The Herbarium collects and identifies, enhances and preserves the natural flora heritage of the Territory for posterity. It allows use by the wider community and provides advice and assistance on flora identification. Performance Measures Output: Herbarium 05-06 Actual 0 3 06-07 Actual Quantity Number of specimens in the collection 222 000 230 000 232 304<1) , r 234:000 Quality Standard of curation of botanical collections(2) 97% 90% ' - 95% 90% Timeliness Project milestones met 90% :90% 90% 90% i .-1 Notes 1. The Herbarium collection grows in the number of specimens daily. There is no set expected number of yearly acquisitions as the Herbarium participates in an exchange program with other herbaria. Staff are also active in the field and adding to the collection through various plant surveys. 2. To audit curation standards, random specimen accession numbers are generated and then matched against specimens in the herbarium database. Specimens are then assessed fo r . retrievability, correct nomenclature, damage, correctness of processing, and whether archived correctly. Key Achievements in 2006-07: Herbarium Enhanced the Herbariums knowledge of the Northern Territory flora by completing a comprehensive revision of the conservation status of all Northern Territory plant species, using established international standards. Enhanced the Herbariums knowledge of the Northern Territory flora through collecting new data for assessment of data deficient plant species at Bradshaw, Spirit Hills Conservation Reserve, and around Gove. Preserved and enhanced the Herbarium specimen collection with completion of stage two of the herbarium specimen storage enhancement, which involved a third of the collection moved into 3300 new plastic purpose manufactured boxes. . Preserved 6198 herbarium specimens to the main collection from Darwin and Alice Springs. Provided 876 hours of advice to the public, non-Government researchers, interstate agencies, Greening Australia, consultants, and other Northern Territory Government Departments on flora queries. Identified 2429 plant specimens for the public (Darwin 1579; Alice Springs 850). Provided research facilities of 215 days Public Reference Identification room used by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services, Agency staff and consultants. Updated the public plant reference set for ease of use. Enhanced the Herbariums public profile through media coverage including a feature on ABC TVs Stateline program. Challenges in 2006-07: Herbarium Maintaining the curation of the collection and striking a balance between research and practical application. Future Priorities in 2007-08: Herbarium Publish Volume 1 of the landmark plant reference - The Flora of the Darwin Region. Enable the-Herbarium Specimen Database (Holtze) on the Agencys Internet site. n o r t h e r n s f-E r ft: i f - f r r v - q p y . E w p g rO T ip a A E , R @ @ ( r [ a @ g . , ; @ ia w o e c 3 ia n i i ! ) ,i? a m e ) i f c a n a n n . u a l r e p o r .t g 8 a @ a a @ g

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