Small Collections Grant

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Mounting, Labeling and Documentation of Recently Collected Specimens from the Northern Areas of Pakistan

Jan Alam (Herbarium In charge)


Process backlog

Cost: $



Hazara University


The proposal is aiming to mount, label and document the already collected precious specimens (i.e. Angiosperms, Gymnosperms, Pteridophytes, Bryophytes and Lichen species) in order to make them available as a reference material for future research in the field of Biology.


Project Activities/Plan to Achieve Objective/Targets
Fortunately, Herbarium staff and about 10 students are willing to offer their volunteer services in the proposed project.
Initially, official formalities i.e. account opening/ fund transfer, purchasing of required material and other related targets will be carried out. Four teams will be established. Three volunteer students will included in each group and each will be supervised by a herbarium member/staff. Details are as below:
2.1. Group A: Dr. Abdul Majid will lead this group. This group will be responsible to processing the Angiosperm herbarium material.
2.2. Group B: Dr. Ghulam Mujtaba Shah will lead this group to processing collected Gymnosperm and Pteridophyte material.
2.3. Group C: This group will be supervised by Dr. Alia Gul to processing bryophyte material.
Group D: Dr. Muhammad Fiaz will lead this group for Lichen material.
All specimens will be properly mounted, labeled and documented as per international standards. We are aiming to provide on/in resources i.e. digitalize our herbarium (HUP) in future, and this will be the first concrete step towards this goal. Please see Gantt Chart for details of month-wise activities.


This project will be completed within six (6) months. Month-wise concise details are as under:

1st Month: Account opening/transfer of amount;Purchasing required material as per the proposed budget.
2nd Month: Mounting of specimens
3rd Month: Mounting of specimens will be continued
4th Month: Mounting of specimens will be continued
5th Month: Documentation in the Recording register/computer
6th Month: Placing/ conserving of the prepared specimens in their respective cabinets/shelves

Please see Gantt Chart for details of month-wise activities. (in attached file)

Referee 1:

Dr. Zahid Ullah (Curator, SWAT)

Referee 2:

Prof. Dr. Anjum Perveen (Director/Curator, KUH))

Scoring Rubric

Your name:

Collection Improvement/Maintenance


1.  Contribution to the generation of digital herbarium data (digitization: data entry, setting up database structure, purchasing equipment).

2.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (processing of backlog).

3.  Contribution to enhancing our understanding of the flora by making new herbarium specimens available (shipping endangered collection to another herbarium).

4. Contribution towards improving conservation status of specimens in herbarium (better folders, protecting covers, mounting paper, labeling, etc.).

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IAPT community building


5.  Herbarium's potential for success.

6.  Perceived need, extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding.
7. Sharing specimens with other herbaria.

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Broader Impacts

8. The project will yield durable benefits (specimens, digitized metadata, databases, websites).

9. The proposed project involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination.

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