April 1, 2020

 

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance), and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) joined forces to remind federal science officials (OSTP and NSF) of the important role biodiversity-related and biodiversity-enabled research play in helping to understand current global health and environmental problems, as well as to identifying methods to monitor, model, forecast, and mitigate future problems. The Extended Specimen Network, a community-informed research and education initiative developed by the Biodiversity Collections Network, was highlighted as the kind of large-scale, coordinated, data mobilization and integration initiative that is needed to advance research and education that furthers science and solves problems. The groups called for a $1 billion commitment over ten years.

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