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Being one of the oldest research units, the East African Herbarium maintains the largest botanical collection in tropical Africa. Presently holding more than 700,000 plant specimens and accompanying field notes it acts as a major regional as well as national reference centre. Research is primarily focused on the taxonomy, distribution, use and conservation of East African plants. Investigation in plant use and distribution has been generally project based with the Indigenous Food Plants Programme and the Coastal Forest Survey being examples of the former and latter respectively. The extensive library collection housed in the department is an indispensable research source. The Herbarium’s plant identification service is extensively used by local and international researchers as well as by interested members of the public. Read more...

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