About Digital Herbarium of Crop Plants

About the Project

Herbarium and herbal museum are parts of botanic garden where the plant materials are preserved for identification, nomenclature and morphological studies. However, maintenance of herbarium is laborious and vulnerable for long term preservation. Recently, Digital Herbarium is introduced and gaining prominence for easy use and maintenance. Additionally, digital herbariums along with database on plant characters are being used for quick identification of plants. The department of Crop Botany, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) has started a subproject entitled Establishment of Digital Herbarium and Herbal Museum for Improving Academic and Research Capability in Crop Botany under the project Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP), UGC, Ministry of Education funded by the World Bank.

With the advancement of technology, and to make the procedure more user-friendly, more accessible and more efficient in use, some hardworking academicians of  Department of Crop Botany, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University came forward to establish a landmark by developing a computer version of this term and naming it “Digital Herbarium of Crop Plants” which could be accessed  at anytime from anywhere in the world.

 

WHAT WE DO

For the development of “Digital Herbarium“, we had one most important vision in our mind, and that is to disseminate the knowledge of crop science at the doorstep of the learners at the most convenient way and present the materials in such an interactive way that  the content ignites the thrust of learning more about the presented materials efficiently. Whole plants or parts of plant species are being collected and are being preserved in systematic ways for establishing a crop museum/ herbal museum. This museum will be helpful in gaining in situ knowledge on plant, plant materials and released crop variety for their identification. And the Digital Herbarium is a computerized program where image (external and internal) and plant parameters of different known plant species will be data-based, and unknown plant species could be identified from that database. This technique will enhance the knowledge on the image analyses of plants, and will boost up the information technology uses in Plant Science.

Developing herbarium is a destructive method, delicate to move somewhere else, preservation is costly and most importantly cannot be displayed to mass amount of student over any media. To deal with this issues, we decided to make digital version of the materials which includes but not limited to present:

  • All the life span of a plant through high resolution photographs
  • Anatomical features of plant parts for better understanding
  • Necessary video lecture of any physiology of the plant
  • Time-lapse video/ photo presentation along with necessary description
  • e-learning of the study materials

These steps aim at disseminating the knowledge of Crop Science at the doorstep of the learners at the most convenient way and present the materials in such an interactive way that  the content ignites the thrust of learning more about the presented materials efficiently. There is opportunity of on-site communication between farmer/ student/ scientist and us to troubleshoot any difficulties regarding identification or classification of any crop plant through sharing necessary media items through the website.

The Digital Herbarium of Crop Plants will keep emerging and will always thrive to stay as the latest and most accurate provider of information regarding morphology, anatomy and identification of the crop plants for students, academicians, researchers and common people who like the plant very much.

The Subproject Manager

HEQEP (CP3084)