Small Collections Grant

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Improvement of the infrastructure and the collection of the Herbarium Amazonense

Richard Huaranca Acostupa


Process backlog, Conserve

Cost: $



Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana


The aim of this project is to improve the condition of the specimens in the AMAZ’s collection. To achieve this aim, this project has the following objectives: 1) to obtain 5 new cabinets for specimens, 2) to relocate the specimens of the collection in the cabinets leaving enough space for manipulation, 3) to obtain new folders, 4) to place specimens in the new folders locating only few specimens per folder, and 5) to repair the specimens that have been damaged due to the squeezing conditions (including changing mounting paper).


The cabinets will be manufacture by local producers. The producers will transport the cabinets to the AMAZ when they are ready.

To solve the current squeezing conditions of the specimens in the shelves, folders with specimens will be reorder/relocate into the cabinets taking into account that the spaces in the shelves are not completely full of folders, because this is causing too much pressure to the specimens at the bottom. This will facilitate the manipulation of the specimens and will avoid future damage.

The acquisition of folders, cover paper and items for repairing specimens (mounting paper, glue, pencils) will be done by the director of the hebarium.

The damaged folders will be replace by new ones. Cover paper will be use to cover the specimens, specially the most delicate (e.g. ferns of the genus Trichomanes) in order to protect them. The number of specimens per folder will be reduced, thanks to the acquisition of new folders. Nowadays, the folders keep too many specimens, that is possible to find folder with up to 15 specimens.

Specimens that have suffered some damages will be repaired, and mounting paper will be changed if needed.

The activities in AMAZ will be carry out by the personnel. The personnel receive monthly salary from the Peruvian government, so they will not get payment from this grant.


The project will last seven months. Example, If the grant is available by April, the project will be carried out from May to November 2020.

The production of the cabinets will take approximately two months.
The acquisition of the folders, cover paper, and other items for repairing specimens (mounting paper, glue, pencils) will be done during the first month of the grant.
The relocation of the specimens in the cabinets will have a duration of four months, from the third to the sixth month of the grant.
The work of placing the specimens in new folders will be done already since the first month of the grant and it will last for six months.
The reparation of the damaged specimens will be done the last three months.

Referee 1:

Samuli Lehtonen

Referee 2:

Rodolfo Vásquez Martinez

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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