Small Collections Grant

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Expansion, maintenance and digitization of the IFMG Herbarium

Fernanda Nunes Cabral


Database, Conserve, Other

Cost: $



Instituto Federal de Minas Gerais - Campus Bambuí


This project aims to:
1) expand, maintain and organize the collection of Serra da Canastra National Park exsiccates and the municipality of Bambuí and its surroundings;
2) carry out the digitization of the collection;
3) contribute to the floristic knowledge of the region through taxonomic identifications and elaboration and availability of species lists and identification keys;
4) contribute to the formation of students.


- Infracstructure: To be able to expand and maintain our starting collection, we are desperately in need of infrastructure improvements. We would need extra cabinets, a computer and camera equipment for digitization.
- Mounting and digitization: For the mounting process, it would be necessary to have the basic material, such as paper, glue, glass pots and alcohol, for the correct maintenance of the material. Students from the graduation courses at our institution will perform the digitization of the IFMG herbarium.
- Field work and curation: A couple of hundreds of plant specimens have been collected in the surroundings of the municipality of Bambuí in the last years. However, there are still no exsiccates from the Serra da Canastra National Park (SCNP), Minas Gerais state, the main collecting area of this project. We would like to start doing monthly excursions to collect the material.
The collections of fertile material will be made by the method of random walks, seeking to visit the different phytophysiognomies. After herborized, the specimens will be deposited at IFMG and distributed to other herbaria in the region. The material will be identified at the highest possible taxonomic level, with the help of identification keys, guides and expert consultation.
Publication of results will be made in the form of scientific articles in indexed journals. We hope to produce checklists, taxonomic treatments, distribution maps and identification keys for the species collected.


I have organized the project timetable in 2 years.
1. Implementing infrastructure improvements (installation of cabinets, computer, digitization equipments) – months 1-2/year 1
2. Students training – months 1-4/year 1
3. Mounting, registering, treatment and conservation of existing specimens – months 3-6/year 1 and months 1-2, 5-6/year 2
4. Digitization of the IFMG herbarium existing specimens – month 10-12/year 1
5. Field trips to SCNP and to the municipality of Bambuí and its surroundings – month -2-12/year 1, months 2-6/year 2
6. Mounting of exsicattes – month 4, 6, 8/year 1 and 4, 6, 8/year 2
7. Digitization of the new exsiccates – months 12/year 1, month 10/year 2
8. Curation and maintenance of herbarium – months 3-12/year 1, months 3-12/year 2
9. Database organization and digitization – month 1, 4, 6/year 1, months 5, 7, 9/year 2
10. Scientific communication: writing checklist, taxonomic treatments, identification Keys – month 10-11/year 2
11. Scientific communication: school visitations – month 10-11/year 2

Referee 1:

Michael John Gilbert Hopkins (INPA Herbarium)

Referee 2:

Mayara Caddah (FLOR Herbarium)

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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