16 June 2011

University of Fort Hare students use the herbarium

On Tuesday 14th of June Dr Lisa Buwa, from the University of Fort Hare Botany Department, visited the Selmar Schonland Herbarium with 7 of her Honours students. The visit was a hands-on practical to introduce the students to the functions and value of a herbarium collection. Each student had collected, pressed and dried a specimen to be assessed for its value as a voucher specimen. Fort Hare students, staff and researchers have come to rely on the Schonland Herbarium for plant identifications and botanical information and have now included a day visit to the herbarium as part of their botany honours course. While Pumlani Cimi showed the students how to use the herbarium and handle specimens correctly Mr Dold identified their specimens as well as Dr Buwa's specimens for her research project.

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