About Digital Herbarium of Crop Plants
About the Project
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 and taxonomic studies of plants. The department of Crop Botany, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) has been completed a sub-project 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 digital technology, and to make the procedure more user-friendly, more accessible and more efficient in use, the 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. The Digital Herbarium is a computerized program where image (external and internal) and plant parameters of different known plant species are brought into data-base.
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 clips of the crop morphology
- Time-lapse video/ photo presentation along with necessary description
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.
Prof. Dr. M A Baset Mia
The Sub-project Manager
Department of Crop Botany