Small Collections Grant

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Improvement of the specimen type collection of the Forest Herbarium (MOL) of the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru

Sonia Cesarina Palacios Ramos



Cost: $



Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina


Update the information and improve the conditioning of Type specimens stored in the Forest Herbarium (MOL).


Update of the Forest Herbarium (MOL) database:
-Includes the revision of the database, location of the type specimens in the matrix herbarium, Collection of published information that cites type specimens (JSTOR and others), as well as a selection of the collections cited in the Herbarium database. Finally, the location and selection of the type specimens of the matrix herbarium for conditioning.
-Specialized curatorship. Sanitary treatment and cleansing, reconstruction of damaged botanical material, voucher review and determination labels. Each specimen will be covered with white tissue paper, then placed inside a 14 gauge white folk cardboard card folder and finally covered by an orange Canson cardboard folder that will have a label identifying it as a type specimen. For preserved specimens in alcohol, the preservative liquid and damaged containers will be renewed. This includes changing labels.
-Systematization. - Voucher information completion of the specimens and the data of the reference publications in the Herbarium database.
-Digitalization. - High-resolution photography of the type specimens using the MOL Herbarium photo module. In addition, a folder will be prepared with all digital information that will be available for incorporation into the Digital Herbarium-Atrium online platform.
-Reincorporation of type specimens to the parent Herbarium. Once the process is completed, the specimens in the respective cabinets.


The project will be executed in 6 months.
-Revision (6 weeks): First and second week: a review of the database. Third to sixth week: location, selection and relocation of type specimens of the matrix herbarium.
-Conditioning (12 weeks): First week: preparation of conditioning material, assembly and labeling. Second to the eighth week: specialized curatorship and rotary health treatment. Ninth to twelfth week: specialized treatment of samples in alcohol.
-Systematization (4 weeks): complete the information of the vouchers and publications.
-Digitalization of specimens (4 weeks): photographed and coding of type specimens.
-Re-incorporation of specimens (2 weeks): Type specimens will be relocated in their respective cabinets.

Referee 1:

James G. Graham

Referee 2:

Terry D. Pennington

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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