Botany and Plant Pathology Seminar Series
Speaker: Dr. Jordan Bailey - Department of Botany & Plant Pathology - Purdue University
Topic: Purdue University Herbaria
When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm in WSLR 116

As Purdue started classes for the first time in 1874 only six professors had been hired to teach. One was John Hussey, botany professor, who brought his personal plant collection to assist his students. Hussey's specimens are still in the Kriebel Herbarium to this day, along with the other Purdue herbaria, including over 10,000 specimens of Indianan flora collected by Ralph M. Kriebel.

The Arthur Herbarium was founded not long after the Kriebel in 1887 by J. C. Arthur, a pioneer pathologist and mycologist who specialized in rust fungi. Rust fungi are plant parasites and are responsible for some of the most serious plant diseases worldwide, including stem rust (Puccinia graminis) and stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis) on cereals. The Arthur Herbarium is reserved for specimens of rust fungi only and to date has roughly 110,000 specimens, one of the largest rust collections in the world.  

In this presentation I will be giving a brief history of these two Herbaria at Purdue as well as covering current projects and future endeavors.

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