Small Collections Grant

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Integration of cryptogam material into the general collection of the Herbarium of New Caledonia (NOU).

David Bruy

New Caledonia

Database, Process backlog

Cost: $



Institut de Recherche pour le Développement


The collections of the NOU Herbarium are historically poor in cryptogams (only about 100 databased specimens). In recent years, several field expeditions deposited about 2500 specimens of cryptogams at the Herbarium. However, due to a lack of human and financial resources, these specimens are still stored in cartons in an unsuitable room and are therefore degrading quickly. In the current context, where several research projects are being carried out on the cryptogams of New Caledonia, integrating these collection into the NOU Herbarium would enable it serve fully as a botanical reference.


The first step of the project will be to list all the taxon names associated with the cryptogam collection. The validity of each name will be checked by the Herbarium Curator and Louis Thouvenot, the bryologist specialising in New Caledonia mosses. The main need for support to carry out this project is to provide the required human resources because the NOU Herbarium team already has difficulties meeting the curatorial needs of the existing collections. No financial resources are available locally or in France to recruit temporary staff for the Herbariums and previous attempts to secure support for this project have not been successful. As such, once the taxonomy of the cryptogam collections has been verified, we will recruit a qualified technician for 26 days, who will do most of the work with the Collections Manager and under the supervision of the Curator. On the basis of the verified taxon list, the technician and the Curator will create each taxon in the NOU Herbarium database. After that, the Curator will create the collection objects in the database from data tables provided by the collectors. Then, labels will be produced automatically and the technician, with the help of the Collections Manager, will mount the specimens according to the standardized method used at the National Museum of Natural History (Herbarium P). As the specimen are mounted, they will be cold treated and integrated into the general collection according to the standard NOU Herbarium protocol.


01/04/2020: purchase of bryophyte packets to store the new cryptogam collections
From 01/04/2020 to 10/04/2020: listing of taxa present in the cryptogam collection (Collections Manager)
From 13/04/2020 to 30/04/2020: verification of the validity of taxon names (Curator and Louis Thouvenot)
04/05/2020: recruitment of the project technician
From 04/05/2020 to 08/05/2020: creation of the taxon in the database (Technician with the help of the Curator)
From 11/05/2020 to 12/05/2020: data set formatting and integration of collection objects into the NOU database (Curator)
From 13/05/2020 to 29/05/2020: mounting, treatment, and integration of specimens into the general collection (technician and Collections Manager)
29/05/2020: completion of technician's contract

Referee 1:

Pete Porter Lowry II

Referee 2:

Chrissen Gemmill

Scoring Rubric

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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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