Small Collections Grant

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Digitization, strengthening and improvement of the “Micoteca de Diversidad e Interacciones Fúngicas” (MICODIF) collection

Monica Alejandra Lugo


Database, Digitally image, Conserve

Cost: $





The main objective of this project is to digitize and computerize the MICODIF existing data according to national and international standards (National Biological Data System (SNDB), Argentina and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)) in order to improve the quality and the accessibility of the information. Secondly, update the technical resources to enhance the storage, maintenance and conservation of the collection. And the third objective, is to enrich the collection adding new species through strategic sampling travels to Argentinean biodiversity hot spots.


To achieve the mentioned objectives material and human resources are needed.
To computerizing and improving the quality of existing MICODIF data according to the National and international standards, it is crucial the acquisition of hardware and peripherals equipment and improved geo-reference system and databases to control and verify old and new record entries, following the protocols in MaNIShome,; GeoreferencingQuickReferenceGuide.pdf
Material resources such as boxes, nylon bags, between others are needed to improve the storage, maintenance and conservation conditions of the collections, besides this, human resources are a key factor to carried out this proposal, it is contemplating to hire and train students so as to collaborate in the specimens conditioning, storage and in the data entry.
Strategic sampling sites will be identified in order to maximize and optimize the resources designated to collection trips (Fuel) that will allow to include new material and to increase the MICODIF specimens.
The improved and adapted data will migrate to the SNDB and GBIF portals, and new collected specimens will be added to the MICODIF collection.
This project will improve and developed not only material resources such as the equipment acquisition or the digitization and computerization of the MiCODIF data, but also and more important will enrich young human resources in the management of collections.


Due to the inflationary economic situation of Argentina, in the first period of the project the material resources will be purchased such as the computer with its peripherals (barcode printer and reader) and the removable disks. In the second period, the supplies for the conditioning and storage of the specimens will be purchased, in addition to the search for suitable candidate students or young biologists that will be hired to collaborate with the data entry and specimen maintenance and storage, once the appropriate person will be selected it will be hired. Sampling trips will be made during the year to collect new specimens, preferably in autumn and spring-summer due to the climatic conditions of the arid and semi-arid regions.
According to our experience it is expected to enter approximately 1500 new specimens in one year and to improve and adapt the data to the requirements of the SNDB and GBIF databases.
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Equipment acquisition for database and collection (hardware and periphericals) ☒ ☒ ☒ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐
Sampling trips ☐ ☐ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☐
New specimen´s Digitization ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☒ ☒

Referee 1:

Francisco Kuhar

Referee 2:

Marta N. Cabello

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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