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We are in the
process of databasing our phycology collections. Over 2000 specimens
have been entered to date. All specimens will eventually be imaged
and made available on this site. Sample images are available for
the genus Porphyra. The specimens were discovered in various parts
of the Torrey Life Sciences Building during the move to the new
combined collections facility. The majority of the collection
dates from the latter part of the nineteenth century, starting
around the mid 1870’s and is mostly from New England. Specimens
range from those collected by eminent phycologists such as Frank
Shipley Collins and Isaac Holden to other UConn collectors
such as Andrew E. Wheeler, Joanna Page, George Safford Torrey
and Frank Trainor. New collections are being added by students
from the Biology of Algae course.
A small minority of specimens are from Australia, Bahamas, California,
Florida and Puerto Rico. Also included are exsiccatae separates
from Algae Boreali-Americanae and the Phycotheca Boreali-Americana.
Collins, Holden, and Setchell. With an active phycology faculty
CONN is interested in exchanging duplicates to add to our collections.
Comments on the data and requests to loan the specimens or receive
archived high resolution images are welcome. We anticipate completing
this project by the end of the year. It is also intended to use
this small dataset as a ‘guinea pig’ for further retrospective
geo-referencing and mapping projects planned for the main herbarium.
We are pleased to announce that since the launch of this dataset, there have been several requests to
loan and use specimens for research. This is testament to the
need for on-line collections, without which, collections are often
overlooked and sometimes presumed to not even exist.
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with this project has been provided by and Dr. Michael Guiry (National
University of Ireland),
Donald Les (EEB), Dr. Louise Lewis (EEB), Dr. Craig Schneider (Trinity
College, Hartford) and Dr. Frank Trainor (EEB).