C19th French plant samples destroyed by Australian biosecurity agents

Unique, historic specimens of rare flowering plants dating from the mid-18th century and loaned to a herbarium in Brisbane by the Museum of Natural History in Paris were incinerated by Australian biosecurity officers because transport documents were reportedly uncompliant with offical requirements.

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A review of Australia's quarantine procedures has been undertaken after historic and valuable plant specimens from France were destroyed by biosecurity officers, reports ABC News (Australia).