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.

2019 Round

107 applications were received in the 2019 round, for funding in 2020. Thank you to all who applied.

 

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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