IAPT Grants

Small Collections Grants

IAPT provides competitive grants for the improvement and/or maintenance of botanical collections (herbaria) of algae, fungi, and or plants.

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2019 Round

107 applications were received in the 2019 round, for funding in 2020. 

The following applications were selected for funding.

Digitization of Herbarium of Ivo and Marija Horvat (ZAHO), Croatia

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology

ZAHO

One of small but important collections hosting valuable material from species rich Balkan Peninsula is Herbarium of Ivo and Marija Horvat (ZAHO) located at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. It stores approximately 70 000 specimens collected by Ivo Horvat throughout the Balkans. It also includes type specimens as Horvat described several new species. As the material is not frequently used in research, the main objective of the project is to database and digitize herbarium specimens, thus making them freely available for research worldwide.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Ivana Rešetnik

Applicant:

Croatia

Providing Equipment for Digitizing Herbarium Collection of UUH and Materials for further Processing Plant Specimens

Institute of General and Experimental Biology SB RAS

UUH

The first project’s objective is providing the opportunity to digitize plant specimens stored in the Herbarium of the Institute of General and Experimental Biology SB RAS (UUH). The second important objective is providing basic materials for plant specimens processing before inserting into the Herbarium collection.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Oleg A. Anenkhonov

Applicant:

Russia

Systematization of the third largest lichen collection from Colombia: preserving the past and future of reference collections in Neotropics.

Universidad de Caldas

FAUC

Systematize and improve 5000 specimens of the lichenological collection of University of Caldas Herbarium-FAUC and promote the use of this reference collection.
1) Digitalize the entire lichen collection to be included in the FAUC Herbarium main collection database.
2) Improve exsiccates conservation of antique material already deposited in the FAUC Herbarium.
3) Perform a curatorship and taxonomic verification of the lichen specimens of the Herbarium FAUC.
4) Recognize the number of specimens from FAUC lichen collection.
5) Create and send duplicatas from type materials to other herbaria.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Luis Fernando Coca

Applicant:

Colombia

Enhancing collection management in the Seychelles National Herbarium.

Seychelles National Herbarium

SEY

Our Herbarium currently does not have an internal budget for digitization and a relatively small budget for collection management. We have identified several aspects of improvement which our Herbarium has been striving to achieve but due to funding constraints, these tasks have yet to be fully realized. With this current grant, the team aims to make the following improvements:
1) Upgrading collection management conditions and
2) Enhance digitization practices.

1883

Amount Awarded: US$

Charles Morel

Applicant:

Seychelles

African Secrets from the backlog at PO Herbarium: revealing 20th-century African collectors and specimens brought in private botanical missions.

Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto

PO

A. Face the obstacle of not having a digitization unit at PO herbarium room (computer + photographic stand) due to lack of funding for continuous curatorship of a 15,500 African specimens.
B. Catalogue the unofficial collections created during a long period of the 20h century (1912-1970), which sum up to 12192 specimens of plants and 3,308 cryptogamic specimens (algae, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, pteridophytes).
C. D. Promote curatorship, conservation, research, dissemination and educational perspectives, by disclosing the missions, protagonists, and meta-data of specimens.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Cristiana Vieira

Applicant:

Portugal

Digitization of the historical collections in the Thessaloniki Aristotle University (TAU) Herbarium (Greece)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Biology, Lab. of Systematic Botany & Phytogeography

TAU

Digitization of c. 3,000 specimens dating back from the early 19th century up to the late 1930’s. Among them there are at least 44 types, as well as the Zaganiaris’ collections, survived WWII and kept only in TAU. It is notable that Zaganiaris’ published records are so far treated with reservations by many researchers, as the existence of specimens substantiating them was not known. The main objective is to preserve, conserve and bring into light these collections in order to reveal new information on Greece’s phytodiversity and to enhance their accessibility from the scientific community.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Regina Karousou

Applicant:

Greece

Barcoding and digitizing the Geo Potts Herbarium (BLFU)

Geo Potts Herbarium, University of the Free State

BLFU

Objective 1: Barcode all the specimens in the quick guide and main collection (± 25 000 specimens) and link barcodes to specimen records in BRAHMS.

Objective 2: Digitize all specimens in the quick guide and main collection (± 25 000 specimens) and publish the images on the online database.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Lize Joubert

Applicant:

South Africa

Updating digital database and processing specimen backlog using interns.

Paul C. Standley Herbarium, Pan American Agricultural School/Zamorano University

EAP

The Paul Standley Herbarium has a skeleton staff of one and maintenance budget limited to utilities and cleaning supplies. We are part of Zamorano University, but the collections have never been a University priority. Over 70 years a series of prominent researchers has built up a collection that includes about a thousand types among the roughly 200,000 catalogued specimens. We have the only about 1% currently digitized. With approximately a thousand new arrivals each year, the new material is being processed, but we have made few inroads into the backlog or digitalization.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Rina Fabiola Díaz

Applicant:

Honduras

Preservation of the endangered biological heritage of the Herbarium PORT, BioCentro-UNELLEZ, Venezuela

UNELLEZ-Biocentro

PORT

General Objective:
Preserve the existing biological heritage in the Port herbarium that is currently at risk of damage due to lack of supplies for its maintenance

Specific Objectives
Digitize key specimens from the collection whose risk of damage is greater when insects and fungi attack.
Exchange plants at critical risk for attack by insects and fungi with other herbaria in the world to safeguard the existing biological heritage.
Process accumulated samples into the formal herbarium collection.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Santos Miguel Nino

Applicant:

Venezuela

Improving WIND herbarium collection through specimen imaging, data checking and clearing mounting backlog

National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI)

WIND

The National Herbarium of Namibia (WIND) a section within the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) situated in Windhoek. WIND currently holds ca. 95 000 specimens of the 4 300 indigenous and naturalised plant species found in Namibia.
The aim of this project is to improve WINDs herbarium collection through imaging of specimens, data correctness and assisting in clearing an area of backlog.
Project Objectives: 1) Image herbarium specimens held at WIND in a systematic way, 2) Check and clean data of imaged specimens on BRAHMS, 3) Assist in clearing backlog of specimens awaiting mounting

1984

Amount Awarded: US$

Frances Chase

Applicant:

Namibia

2020 Round

45 applications were received in the 2020 round, for funding in 2021. Thank you to all who applied.

 

The following applications were selected for funding.

Starting the digitalization and online publication of the historical collections of MEDEL herbarium

Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Medellín

MEDEL

- Get high resolution images of 20.000 specimens.
- Revise and clean the data of the imaged specimens.
- Publish the data of the imaged specimens and at least the images of 2000 specimens at http://www.biovirtual.unal.edu.co/en/collections/search/plants/.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Jorge Perez Zabala

Applicant:

Colombia

Preliminary checklist of Lycophyta and Monilophyta of the Valle del Cauca department, Colombia

Universidad del Valle

CUVC

1. General Objective
To generate a preliminary checklist of the Licophyta and Monilophyta of the of Valle del Cauca department, based on the collections housed at the CUVC herbarium.

Specific Objectives
- Increase the herbarium database by adding ca. 2000 specimens of Lycophyta and Monilophyta housed at the CUVC herbarium.
- Increase the herbarium collection by mounting, including and databasing 500 new collections of Lycophyta and Monilophyta.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Alejandro Zuluaga Trochez

Applicant:

Colombia

Digitization of mycological collection of V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University herbarium (Ukraine)

V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

CWU

The mycological part of the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University herbarium CWU (Myc) contains about 30 000 fungal specimens including type materials and rare exsiccates. Recently we started mobilizing our collection and have already databased 5922 specimens available through GBIF, but we are missing digital macro-photos.
The main objectives we set up are (i) to establish a first full-equipped fungal digitization facility in Ukraine; (ii) to digitize all the type specimens stored in CWU (Myc) herbarium; (iii) to digitize the most valuable exsiccates and contemporary specimens.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Olexander Akulov

Applicant:

Ukraine

VIRTUAL HERBAM COLLECTION

UNIVERSIDADE DO ESTADO DE MATO GROSSO/CÂMPUS UNIVERSITÁRIO DE ALTA FLORESTA

HERBAM

- 1. Transfer 100% of data from Brahms to the JABOT spreadsheet (26.000 specimens database)
(http://jabot.jbrj.gov.br/);
- 2. Digitization of 100% of the typus samples (49 specimens);
- 3. Digitization of the HERBAM collection (26,000 specimens)
- 4. Provide images and data from the collection at REFLORA- HERBARIO VIRTUAL, on site
http://reflora.jbrj.gov.br/

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

CÉLIA REGINA ARAÚJO SOARES LOPES

Applicant:

BRAZIL

Small herbariums as a learning tool: Virtual Herbarium FCO (University of Oviedo, Spain) as an example

University of Oviedo

FCO

Virtual herbaria are a source of information on the biodiversity that surrounds us. Its potential use in learning implies a redesign of educational experiences. As an example, a new online botanical resource, the Virtual Herbarium FCO (University of Oviedo) that collects information and a wide gallery of images of the flora of Asturias (north of Spain) and neighboring territories. The Virtual Herbarium can be consulted online, however, the infrastructure available is scarce and we would like to improve our resources and the dissemination of information.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Eduardo Cires Rodríguez

Applicant:

Spain

Breaking the ice: building photosystem and starting digitization of LWS herbarium

State Natural History Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

LWS

1. To build digitization complex basing on Canon EOS 250D camera and Canon EF-S 35 mm lens.
2. To initiate digitization of LWS herbarium starting from endemics distributed in Ukrainian Carpathians (2031 vouchers).
3. To make an initial database of the herbarium vouchers deposited in LWS.
4. To share digitized materials with scientists around the world by uploading them to JACQ virtual herbarium, Data Centre Biodiversity of Ukraine, and UkrBin database.

1625

Amount Awarded: US$

Andriy Novikov

Applicant:

Ukraine

Conserving endangered botanical collection of M. R. Almeida (1939–2017) from India: incorporation and digitization

Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research

NGCPR

M.R. Almeida (1939–2017) was a prominent plant taxonomist from India; whose major contribution to the floristic of Western Ghats is noteworthy. This collection was made by him with other co-workers between 1960 to 1998, mainly from Western India and most are referred in the treatment of 'Flora of Maharashtra (Vol.1 to 6)'. Due to poor maintenance, many specimens are deteriorating and needs immediate conservation attention. This proposal is an endeavour to shipping this collection to NGCPR herbarium, its restoration, curation and dissemination via digitization.

1990

Amount Awarded: US$

Mayur Dhondiram Nandikar

Applicant:

India

Enhancing collection management and clearing specimen backlog in the endangered Iranian Cryptogamic Herbarium

Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)

ICH

Iranian Cryptogamic Herbarium is one of the important collections with valuable material from the species-rich Hyrcanian region and the Transcaucasus biodiversity hotspot. It is by far the largest lichen collection in Iran and in the Middle East, holding valuable reference collections. Due to insufficient funding, the collection is at risk of damage and needs immediate curation. To make the collection available for the wide research community, the main project objectives are to improve the collection preservation, database and digitize the collection, and process specimen backlog.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Masoomeh Ghobad-Nejhad

Applicant:

Iran

Processing specimen backlog and updating the database of the Jardín Botánico de Cartagena “Guillermo Piñeres” Herbarium (JBGP)

Jardín Botánico de Cartagena “Guillermo Piñeres”

JBGP

The objectives are 1. Process backlog specimens, 2. Update the Herbarium database. The JBGP Herbarium is the most important plant collection of the Colombian Caribbean because, during the '80s and '90s, it received specimens from several projects of poorly known Colombian Caribbean localities. From 2009 to 2015, the collection was abandoned due to the lack of funding for maintenance. This grant will contribute to the efforts started in 2015 to recover the herbarium collection creating the current database and mounting and restoring non-processed and damaged specimens.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Santiago Madrinan

Applicant:

Colombia

Accessioning and digitization of uncurated historical collections at Hendrix College

Hendrix College

HXC

The Hendrix College Herbarium has approximately 6600 accessions dating back to the 1940s, including bryophytes, lichens, fungi, marine algae, and vascular plants, but lacks funding for collections management or curation. Funds are requested to mount, digitize and properly 300-350 research-grade cryptogamic collections, which are in various stages of disarray, as well as up to 500 tracheophyte collections that are labeled but unmounted. The tracheophytes are primarily unicate collections of local significant from county flora projects done in the 1960s-1980s.

2000

Amount Awarded: US$

Adam Schneider

Applicant:

USA