New Plant Species Discovered By UNBC

By Cheryl Jahn
September 11, 2018 - 3:29pm Updated: September 11, 2018 - 5:43pm

PRINCE GEORGE - Researchers from UNBC and UBC are now ready to reveal the accumulation of three years of research done in Slim Creek, the Ancient Forest, George Evanoff Provincial Park, and Sugar Bowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park

"In British Columbia, a lot of the work on temperate rain forests is the Coastal ecosystems," says Dr. Darwyn Coxson, Ecosystem Science and Management Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. "So, it was largely unknown what we were going to find in the inland rain forest."

What they found were many rare mosses, many more rare lichens and also some plants that are new to science. A total of 2,400 different species, in fact. 

“It includes many species that are new to this part of British Columbia and indeed Canada, and a surprisingly high number of species that will be new to science," he says. "This will be an exciting story for the scientific community in British Columbia.”

He calls it a national-bio diversity hot spot.

If you are interested in checking out the different species of plants, the one of the research, Curtis Björn, will be making a presentation at UNBC on Friday, Sept. 14, Room 8-164, starting at 3:30 p.m.


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