Small Collections Grant

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Wilmer A. Diaz-P.



Cost: $



Herbario Regional de Guayana


This document exposes the need of strengthen the Regional Herbarium of Guayana (GUYN), considering it as a tool for the study and documentation of the regional flora. The Venezuelan Guayana is one of the richest regions of the country, with about 10.300 plant species, of which about 440 are endemic to the Bolívar state. The specific objectives are:
1) To get the appropriate functioning of the equipment used for the conservation of the collection.
2) To count with the necessary materials for an idoneal management and conservation of the collection
3) To get an actualized database for GUYN


Because of the political, social and economic situation of the country the government has cut almost totally the budget for research, currently they are very low. Our herbarium does not escape of this situation and this has caused the deterioration of the physical infrastructure, equipment and the short supply of the necessary materials for the maintenance and keeping of the collection, which puts in danger the whole plant collection because of the attack of insects and fungi motivated for the conditioning air equipment damage and the not possibility of make a fumigation of the whole installations. By the other hand, the computer where the database is located, has been damaged for the electrical fluid instability and the same happens for the oven and fridge. So, it is necessary to start the activities for the recuperation of the collection by means of a hand cleaning of the folders and cupboards where the specimens are placed, after this to put the folders containing the specimens in a plastic bag, tie it up and take them to the fridge for quarantine. Once the quarantine is finished to proceed with the herbarium fumigation. At the same time, it is necessary to work for recover the information of the database in the damaged computer, update the information and create a backup in an external hard disk


Act/week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Cleaning folders and cupboards X X X X X
Quarantine X X
Herbarium fumigation X X
DB recovery X X X X X X

Referee 1:

Angel Fernandez

Referee 2:

Neida Avendaño

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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