The Herbarium COA began in 1980. It approximately includes 75000 sheets of pressed and dried plants fundamentally from Andalusia. It is specialized in species of the family Brassicaceae, weeds and endemic plants of the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands. The sheets are stored in 17 compact closets distributed by families, genus and species. The Herbarium also includes an archive and a register.
The Herbarium BC is a scientifc collection of sheets of vascular plants created at the begining of the Twenty Century. This Herbarium are integrated by some historical collections collected in the XVIII and XIX centuries as well as some collections of mosses, lichens and mushrooms and a germ-plasm bank.
The BCN Herbarium was created in 2001 by menas of the merger of the BCF and BCC old herbariums. It is integrated by more than 300,000 sheets of plants basically from the Iberian Peninsula and other areas of the Mediterranean region. The main groups represented are: cormophytes (250,000 sheets), lichens (22,000 specimens), fungi (20,000 specimens), seweeds (5,000 sheets) and bryiophytes (3,000 sheets).
Strength: 1- Geobotany and Cartography of the vegetation, 2- Cryptogamy, 3- Vegetal Biodiversity and Biosystematic, 4- Aquatic vegetal resources.
The Laboratory of Entomology (Dept. Biology, Section Zoology, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid) consists of seven persons involved in different projects related to faunistics, biology and ecology of butterflies (Papilinoidea and Hesperioidea, Lepidoptera [4 researchers]), weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea [1 person]), and springtails (Collembola [2 persons]).
Each of the 'subteams' manages a small comparative collection; these are not formally organized, inventoried, or interlinked. Each of the collections is managed by the users, there is not a person in charge or a centralised database.
The vascular plant collection basically houses the plants results of the different works carried out in NE Iberian Peninsula (principally in Girona districts). Consequently, it is the most important herbarium for this area. The researches of this herbarium collabore with the ORCA project (Chorology of the flora of Catalan countries) and with the Flora Iberica project. The HGI collection increases with donations of old herbariums, as J. Isern herbarium.
This Herbarium is the product of the merge of two collection. The oldest one was the Herbarium SALA founded in 1966 by Professor Bartolomé Casaseca. The second collection was the Herbarium SALAF started by Professor Miguel Ladero. The two Herbaria were merged in the nineties, according to the suggestions of the "Index Herbariorum" Management Board. The collection code SALA was preserved.