The Marlene Freitas da Silva (MFS) Herbarium of the State University of Pará is a repository of the natural heritage and the scientific and traditional knowledge of the Amazon botanical biodiversity”
The Marlene Freitas da Silva Herbarium of the State University of Pará was founded in 2011 and is currently indexed by Index Herbariorum, in the Brazilian Herbaria Network and is a member of the Brazilian Virtual Herbaria National Institute of Science and Technology. It is also a data provider for the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility), BRAHMS e SpeciesLink databases.
The herbarium name and acronym (MFS) honors Marlene Freitas da Silva (1937-2005), an amazon-born internationally renowned botanist. For more information about her legacy visit the link.
Being an university herbarium our mission focuses on research, teaching and outreach as a repository of the natural heritage and the scientific and traditional knowledge of the Amazon botanical biodiversity, benefiting science, society, and the university.
The Vascular Plants (and associate collections of flowers, fruits and seeds and seedlings), Fungi, Bryophyte and Biocultural collections of the MFS Herbarium continue to grow through contribution of specimens by faculty, students, and associated researchers, as well as by exchange with other herbaria. Discover more about our collections and search our database online.
The MFS herbarium is research intensive within it’s research lines, harbors an university recognized research group (Interdisciplinary Botany Research Group) and receives visiting researchers and collaborators.
The MFS Herbarium is directly connected with both undergraduate (specially the Natural Sciences and Forestry courses), internship and graduate programs (specially the Environmental Sciences and Religious Studies programs, in which the herbarium curator advises), being a valuable resource in which students gain valuable skills working in the herbarium by practicing careful scientific documentation.
Educational and outreaching activities are also in the core mission of the MFS Herbarium, through its exhibitions and visitation, events and community activities.