The MFS Herbarium of the State University of Pará houses important collections that safeguard, document, research and disseminate the biodiversity and the traditional uses of the plant-society interaction, specially in the Amazon Region.
The management of the collections encompasses specimens collection, drying, pressing, mounting, digitization, labeling and data-basing. It also involves the management of the loans and exchanges with other herbaria and researchers.
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Dehydrated vascular plants are mounted following the standard procedure. Labels are added with the traditional taxonomic, morphological and field information. In the MFS Herbarium additional informations such as conservation status and biocultural data can be added to the labels.
The flower collection is an ancillary collection, the delicate characteristic of flowers requires them to be preserved on spirit with the corresponding label informations.
Fruits and seeds
The fruits and seeds collection is an ancillary collection. In the MFS Herbarium fruits and seeds are stored in spirit or dehydrated and stored in boxes or plastic sealed envelopes.
The seedlings collection is an ancillary collection of specimens in different germination stages preserved in spirit.
Dehydrated bryophyte specimens with a substrate section are stored in brown paper envelopes, which are stored in boxes and housed in a compactus. Labels with taxonomic, morphological and ecological data are added.
Dried fungal specimens are stored in brown paper envelopes. The packets are stored in boxes which are housed in a compactus. Labels with taxonomic, ecological and mycological data are added.
Biocultural and Ethnobotanical
“Briefly summarized, biocultural collections are repositories for plants and animals used by people, products made from them, and/or information and archives about them. They include any object made from plant and/or animal material, and especially those with a specific cultural connotation.” (SALICK, KONCHAR & NESBITT (2014).
In the MFS Herbarium, the Biocultural Collection uses different curatorial proceedings related to the diversity of the safeguarded objects. The dried vascular plants collection also contributes to biocultural data through the ethnobotanical and biocultural informations (such as religious or medicinal traditional use) collected in the field and added to the labels and databases, so that herbaria foster the cultural preservation (NESBITT, 2014). In the same way the biocultural collection fosters biological conservation through the documentation of practices, knowledges, uses and valorization of the biological diversity (HART; LAW & WYSE, 2014).
SALICK, JAN; KONCHAR, KATIE; NESBITT, MARK. Biocultural collections: needs, ethics and goals. In: SALICK, Jan; KONCHAR, Katie; NESBITT, Mark (Ed.). Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 2014. p. 1-8.
NESBITT, M. A. R. K. Use of herbarium specimens in ethnobotany. In: SALICK, Jan; KONCHAR, Katie; NESBITT, Mark (Ed.). Curating biocultural collections. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 2014. p. 313-28.
HART, ROBBIE; LAW, WAYNE; WYSE JACKSON, P. Biocultural collections for conservation. In: SALICK, Jan; KONCHAR, Katie; NESBITT, Mark (Ed.). Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 2014. p. 319-336.