Small Collections Grant

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A small collection with a big purpose: The Argentine potato ex situ conservation project

Alicia Lopez


Database, Digitally image, Conserve

Cost: $



UIB- Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias-Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata /EEA Balcarce, INTA


The project we present here is part of the “BAL Strategic Plan” in which we define our mission as: BAL herbarium supports, with good quality data, the Germplasm Bank and provide housing for the collections of crops wild relatives and the native flora of the Tandilia and Ventania Mountain System in particular.
In order to fulfill this, our main objective is to become a valued and trusted resource for the GB and as subsequent objectives we propose: 1- to achieve curatorial excellence; 2- to produce a collecting and accessioning priorities list; 3- to synchronize the GB and the Herbaria database


The BAL Herbarium emerges as the need to document the diversity of wild potatos and accompanying flora that is collected as complementary tasks in the Active Germplasm Bank (GB). The collection encompasses 8,000/12,000 specimens, divided into two collections, on the one hand the "Solanum collection" and on the other, the rest of the species arranged alphabetically by families.
We plan to meet our main objective by:
1- Start vouchers digitalization and continue database entry: prioritizing the specimens that have entries in the GB. Crosscheck the information between the two databases.
2- Start (and continue) numbering: with special care of linking the numbering of the GB accessions and the voucher information of the herbarium label.
3- Scanner the old field notebooks: to have all the information of the hard books digitalized and available for the herbaria and germplasm bank staff, researchers and general public.
4- Scanner the vouchers of the GB accession: to have all the images of the vouchers digitalized and available for the herbaria and GB staff, researchers and general public.
These activities will ensure the fulfillment of 1- to achieve curatorial excellence, by producing good quality data (throughout the availability if curated images, documents and information); 2- to produce a collecting and accessioning priorities list, by identifying the information gaps; 3- to synchronize the GB and the Herbaria database, by crosschecking the information.


Activity – Month
1. Acquire the equipment – 1-2
2. Set the protocol for digitalization – 1- 2
3. Vouchers digitalization – 3- 4- 5-6-7-8-9-10
4. Database actualization – 3- 4- 5-6-7-8-9-10
5. Numbering – 3- 4-5-6-7-8-9-10
6. Scanner the old field notebooks 8- 9- 10- 11- 12

Referee 1:

Renee Hersilia Fortunato

Referee 2:

Diego Germán Gutierrez

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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