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Plant Collections Community Webinar

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 9:24am

Join us for a closer look at the online content available to you as a member of the Plant Collections Community. Find out how to quickly access publications and reports, communicate with your peers across the Association and how you can contribute to the resources available to other members of our Community.

Farmbeats: An Emerging Farm Level Communication Technology

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 9:16am

Participate to gain awareness of Farmbeats, an emerging farm level communication technology. Although sensor technology can help agriculture, its adoption is limited because farms often do not have power or Internet connectivity in the field. Microsoft Research is working towards an end-to-end approach, from sensors to the cloud, to solve the problem. 

What do you need your conservation planning software to do? A listening session for the modernization of NatureServe Vista with Patrick Crist of NatureServe.

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:34pm

NatureServe Vista is currently an ArcGIS extension that supports general scenario-based assessment at multiple scales, ecological assessments, mitigation planning, and area planning (for multiple objectives) and ongoing adaptive management in any environment (marine, terrestrial, freshwater). NatureServe, founder and co-coordinator of the EBM Tools Network, is embarking on a $500K full modernization of this tool over the next 15 months.

Sustaining Biological Infrastructure Training

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Tue, 03/20/2018 - 4:23pm

Application deadline is April 20th, 2018

Course dates:

June 19th - 21st in the D.C. area

Calling all project directors of organism collections, botanical gardens, museums, databases and field stations! Join us at the next SBI training course and learn how to make your project financially sustainable and ready for the future.

At this intensive three-day course, you will...

* Learn new tools for strategic planning, communication, and fundraising,

Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Mon, 03/19/2018 - 4:23pm

This webinar will focus on the potential of the 53 nations of the Commonwealth to collaborate as a resource for the global community in delivering the skills and evidence needed for implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In 2015, the Commonwealth committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agenda. In 2018, Commonwealth Education Ministers committed to the Curriculum Framework for the SDGS, a framework document across formal, informal and non-formal education at all levels, from pre-school to lifelong learning.

Soils Data Available from the USDA-NRCS-Soil Science Division

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:59pm

The United States has an astounding variety of soil types from the humid eastern states, across the grassland prairies, deserts, and mountains to the Pacific Ocean, plus the polar soils of Alaska and the tropical soils of Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Since 1890, the USDA has been mapping, classifying, and sampling this array of soils to better understand what they are, how they formed, and how they can be managed most beneficially.

Learn About Your Soil Microbial Partners; Manage for Their Contributions in Cropping Systems

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:54pm

The extent of soil microbial life and its functions will be discussed. Examples of soil microorganisms with particular roles in crop production will be used to illustrate how knowledge of these soil microbial workers can inform agricultural management practices. Research findings regarding the effects of management practices ( e.g., crop rotational diversity, cover cropping, tillage) on soil microorganisms will be presented.

Eastern Seed Zones: What Have We Learned & Where Do We Go From Here?

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Thu, 03/15/2018 - 8:41am

For the final Eastern Seed Zone Forum (ESZF) lecture and discussion hour, Dr. Carrie Pike, Regeneration Specialist for the Northeast Area, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service will review lessons learned from the ESZF webinar series about developing seed zones for the eastern US and offer some examples of provisional seed zones. 


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