Consolidation of Botanical Research Collections at Texas A & M University, College Station,Texas
This project will consolidate three existing botany-based research collections on the College Station Campus of Texas A&M University. Residing in a public university, these collections are committed to transferring research products to the general public through active service and extension programs, promoting collections based research in their respective fields, and preserving extant collections for future generations. The consolidation of these collections will assemble and preserve a diverse and comprehensive botanical collection of approximately 320,000 specimens, and improve local, regional, and national education and research efforts. National Science Foundation funds will be utilized to purchase 135 herbarium cabinets to incorporate the Biology Department Herbarium (TAMU) into the S.M. Tracy Herbarium (TAES), alleviate overcrowding in both collections, merge and update their respective databases, and develop a pollen database and image gallery for the Palynology Reference Collection (PALY).
Funding Organization: National Science Foundation, Collections in Support of Biological Research