Botanical Research Institute of Texas Receives $300,000 Grant From National Science Foundation for Protective Cases for Its Invaluable Herbarium

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Inc.

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Botanical Research
 Institute of Texas (BRIT) announced today that it has received a $300,000
 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the purchase of 400
 specially designed steel herbarium cases.  Ruth Andersson May of Dallas also
 gave $17,000 to help fund the purchase of the cases.
     BRIT's invaluable and growing collection of approximately one million
 dried plant specimens, which represent most of the earth's plant families, has
 been short of space and storage capacity.  The new cases will provide better
 housing for BRIT's presently overcrowded collections and will protect them
 from pests and other hazards such as fire and water damage.
     NSF, an independent agency of the U.S. Government, was established by the
 National Science Foundation Act of 1950.  Its mission is to promote the
 progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare,
 and to secure the national defense.
     BRIT, which has one of the largest herbaria in the United States, has the
 largest independent herbarium in the Southwest and one of the world's best
 collections of Texas plant specimens.  A nonprofit international botanical
 resource center open to research scientists and the public, its mission is to
 conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world
 and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.
     Receipt of the Vanderbilt University Herbarium of 360,000 specimens in
 1997 established BRIT as one of the best resources in the world for
 information about the flora of the southern United States with the largest
 existing collection of Alabama vascular plants and the largest collection of
 Middle Tennessee vascular plants.
     Since it was founded in 1991, BRIT has become a source for enlightening
 the public about the importance of plants in our lives and in the maintenance
 of a healthy planet and a decent quality of life.  Its botanical library
 houses more than 70,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and journals from more
 than 90 countries.  Along with its education program, BRIT conducts research
 on plants and publishes journals and books on botany.
     For information about BRIT, call 817.332.4441, or visit its Web site:
 www.brit.org.
 
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    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Botanical Research
 Institute of Texas (BRIT) announced today that it has received a $300,000
 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the purchase of 400
 specially designed steel herbarium cases.  Ruth Andersson May of Dallas also
 gave $17,000 to help fund the purchase of the cases.
     BRIT's invaluable and growing collection of approximately one million
 dried plant specimens, which represent most of the earth's plant families, has
 been short of space and storage capacity.  The new cases will provide better
 housing for BRIT's presently overcrowded collections and will protect them
 from pests and other hazards such as fire and water damage.
     NSF, an independent agency of the U.S. Government, was established by the
 National Science Foundation Act of 1950.  Its mission is to promote the
 progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare,
 and to secure the national defense.
     BRIT, which has one of the largest herbaria in the United States, has the
 largest independent herbarium in the Southwest and one of the world's best
 collections of Texas plant specimens.  A nonprofit international botanical
 resource center open to research scientists and the public, its mission is to
 conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world
 and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.
     Receipt of the Vanderbilt University Herbarium of 360,000 specimens in
 1997 established BRIT as one of the best resources in the world for
 information about the flora of the southern United States with the largest
 existing collection of Alabama vascular plants and the largest collection of
 Middle Tennessee vascular plants.
     Since it was founded in 1991, BRIT has become a source for enlightening
 the public about the importance of plants in our lives and in the maintenance
 of a healthy planet and a decent quality of life.  Its botanical library
 houses more than 70,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and journals from more
 than 90 countries.  Along with its education program, BRIT conducts research
 on plants and publishes journals and books on botany.
     For information about BRIT, call 817.332.4441, or visit its Web site:
 www.brit.org.
 
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