Herbarium sheet MEL 1527666A

A team of Victorian researchers has analysed data extracted from over three million plant specimens to reconstruct the introduction of invasive plant species into Australia for the first time. Invasive plants are estimated to cost the Australian economy over $4 billion a year through lost production and increased control costs.  They have also been linked… Read More

AVH map

We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH). The new version comes with significant interface improvements and additional querying capability, as well as a new responsive design that ensures AVH also works on small screens. New base map The map in the new version has a new… Read More

Pomaderris intermedia

Australia’s Virtual Herbarium has had an exciting start to the year, with two new data providers coming on board: the Janet Cosh Herbarium (WOLL, based at the University of Wollongong), and the La Trobe University Herbarium (LTB). University herbaria are important teaching collections, with specialised holdings that often reflect the diversity of the region in… Read More

Herbarium cabinets at MELU

This week, Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH) welcomed a new data provider: the University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU). Home to approximately 100,000 specimens, MELU is the largest university herbarium in Australia. About 10 per cent of the collection has been databased to date, adding over 9,000 records to AVH. The MELU herbarium was established in the… Read More

AVH map

PRESS RELEASE, 12/08/2014 An Australian online resource, which is proving invaluable for scientific research and conservation efforts here and overseas, reached a significant milestone this week. Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH, http://avh.chah.org.au/) – one of the world’s largest repositories of specimen-based botanical information – now contains over 5 million records. “This milestone represents a mammoth collaborative effort… Read More

The Atlas of Living Australia has recently posted a blog entry describing the data processing in the Atlas. As AVH is part of the Atlas and AVH data undergoes the same data processing as other ALA data, this blog is of interest to AVH users as well. You can find the blog entry at http://www.ala.org.au/blogs-news/data/data-processing/.… Read More

In February 2011, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia accessed data from Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH) for use within the ‘Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and Preparing Crop Wild Relatives’ project, which is led by the Global Crop Diversity Trust in partnership with the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens,… Read More

Dear AVH user, The Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) is pleased to announce the release this week of a new version of Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH). The new site was developed by, and forms part of, the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). The URL for the new site is avh.ala.org.au. We have redirected… Read More