Drying Specimens adequately is a big problem when you’re out in the field. Watch what our MicroPlant Macgyvers build to dry their collections so they don’t mold!
We’ve learned about how we dry our collections, now how do we store them? The MicroPlants team keeps our specimen in a dry, temperature controlled area called an Herbarium. It’s a repository of preserved and labeled plant specimens arranged in such a way as to allow easy access and archival storage. After the plants are dried and stored in packets, they are filed first by Plant Phyla, then alphabetically by genus and kept until they are needed.
Did you know The Field Museum has one of the top 20 largest Herbariums in the world? We have over 3 million dried and pressed specimen!