Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Destructive Analysis Policy Statement and Contract

The University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) has a legal, professional, and moral obligation to maintain its collections for the public good. 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). This policy, however, applies to destructive sampling, i.e., permanent removal of material for purposes such as SEM, DNA, palynological, and anatomical studies. The herbarium recognizes that destructive analysis of specimens may yield beneficial information and is in the public interest. However, there are also legal constraints governing DNA rights, particularly for international materials, that must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The destructive analysis policies of the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) are a supplement to our collection use and loan policies. They 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).

Title of project:
Material to be removed / procedure (e.g. pollen for slide, 1 sq. cm. leaf for DNA):
I agree to abide by the University of Florida Herbarium destructive analysis regulations.
Signature of Investigator Date
Signature of UF Herbarium Administator Date

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