Fill out this form for requests for destructive analysis: FLAS Destructive Analysis request.



The collections are maintained with the goal of balancing the preservation of the integrity of herbarium specimens with utilization for contemporary scientific research. The judicious dissection of specimens is normally permitted (all dissected material is returned to the specimen). Destructive sampling requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis (e.g., permanent removal of material for DNA, anatomical studies, chemistry, etc.). There may be legal constraints governing DNA rights, particularly for international materials, that must be considered.

The destructive analysis policies follow standards as specified in:
Metsger, Deborah A. and Sheila C. Byers, eds. 1999. Managing the modern herbarium: an interdisciplinary approach. Elton-Wolf Publishing, Vancouver, Canada (p. 345-350).

Leaf tissue removed by Alan R. Franck, 22 Mar 2023 (FLAS 267839)
Project: Phylogenomics of Cactaceae, Lucas C. Majure, University of Florida