Under the Microscope: Exploring BioVision's 1400 Species Herbarium


After years of filming Under the Microscope over Skype, and in crowded trade show hallways, we are beyond excited to publish the next two episodes of our series with BioVision Seed Labs, filmed from their Sherwood Park laboratory.

In this episode, Holly Gelech, business development manager, walks us through the company’s treasured herbarium.

When most of us think of herbaria, we might think of long days pressing and drying plants in university, or institutions with unimaginable collections of specimens. But somewhere between those two extremes lies Biovision’s collection, with over 1400 species.

“Those species include crops as well as weed species. And when you break out the weed species, we have prohibited noxious, primary, secondary and other classifications of weeds,” she explains.

For BioVision, the herbarium is mainly used as a training tool, though it can be a reference when an odd seed is found during a physical purity or pure seed test

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