NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History announced today a project to capture the genomic diversity of half the world's living plant genera over a two-year period. 

The effort includes the museum's Global Genome Initiative, as well as resources from the US Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Gardens, the US Department of Agriculture's US National Arboretum, and the Global Genome Biodiversity Network. It comes at a time when the rate of species extinction for all life has been estimated to be up to 100 times higher than normal, the Smithsonian said. 

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