MONROE, La. — A collection featuring millions of scientific specimens at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will be moved to several universities across the South.
The transfers include a herbarium with 450,000 pressed plant specimens and a fish collection with 70,000 specimens. The News-Star reports news had spread throughout the scientific community in March that the collection would be destroyed if a new home could not be located.
The selected schools consist of Tulane University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Mississippi State University and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael A. Camille says the collection should be completed in August.
Camille says the specimens will remain available to researchers and the transfer will not affect exhibits at the university’s Museum of Natural History.
Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com