Small Collections Grant

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Improvements of conservation and accessibility of the Herbarium ABGI collection


Russian Federation

Digitally image, Conserve

Cost: $



Amur Branch of Botanical Garden-Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences


The Herbarium ABGI has about 20 thousand specimens of vascular plants. The Herbarium is formed from plants, collected mainly in natural populations of Amur Oblast (Province), often from remote areas. Рlant species from different botanical and geographical areas in the vicinity of Amur Oblast (Eastern Siberia, Manchuria, Dauria, and Okhotia ) are present on its territory. Many of these are located at the border of their habitats. The objective of the project is providing a safe and secure environment for each specimen of the Herbarium collection ABGI.


Herbarium collection should be stored in metal cabinets to best protect the plant specimens from light, dust and insects, however currently only a part of the Herbarium ABGI is housed in such cabinets. To improve storage conditions of the rest of the collection it is necessary to purchase 9 additional herbarium cabinets. To preserve physical integrity and provide structural support during digitization specimens must be mounted onto herbarium sheets. Only about 30% of Herbarium ABGI collection specimens are mounted and digitized, funding will allow mounting and digitizing 3500 specimens raising that ratio to about 50%. Digital copies of the images of these samples are uploaded to the virtual herbarium of the BGI FEB RAS (VBGI) ( Digital imaging provides the accessibility of the herbarium collection ABGI for users on global scale.


Procurement of herbarium cabinets - April 2020
Placing herbarium specimens in cabinets - April 2020
Procurement of materials for specimen mounting - April 2020
Mounting herbarium specimens - April-November 2020
Digitization of herbarium specimens - May-November 2020

Referee 1:

Evgeny Banaev

Referee 2:

Marchuk (Pimenova) Elena

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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