OAC-BIO Herbarium

Occurrence dataset published by University of Guelph

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OAC-BIO Herbarium


The BIO Herbarium at the University of Guelph houses approximately 100,000 (image data for 65,535) herbarium specimens, collected from all around the world. The collection provides excellent coverage in ethnobotanical notes and houses vouchers for the Flora Ontario Integrated Botanical Information System (FOIBIS). The collection also contains DNA Barcoding vouchers for the Center for Biodiversity Intitute of Ontario (CBG) of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. BIO Herbarium is committed to making this important collection more accessible to botanists and others, wherever they may be, for use in their own projects: particularly in biodiversity, conservation, sustainable development and systematics. To this end we have developed HIMS, which contains labelled information and images of all the specimens at the BIO Herbarium.

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Subramanyam Ragupathy
Chief Curator
University of Guelph University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd N1G2W1 Guelph ON Canada (519) 837-7844
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Subramanyam Ragupathy
Chief Curator
University of Guelph University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd N1G2W1 Guelph ON Canada (519) 837-7844
Administrative contact
Newmaster Steven
OAC-BIO Herbarium, University of Guelph 50 Stone Rd, University of Guelph N1G2W1 Guelph ON Canada (519) 824-4120 x56002


Published by

University of Guelph

Publication Date

Feb 15, 2016

Registration Date

Jul 29, 2014

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Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre

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Canadensys repository


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The Ontario Agricultural College was instrumental in establishing the OAC Herbarium and hence the collection reflects this history with an impressive collection of weeds (Pre -1800). Most of these col… more


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Administrative contact
Subramanyam Ragupathy
Chief Curator
University of Guelph University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd N1G2W1 Guelph ON Canada 5198377844
University of Guelph Ontario Canada
Subramanyam Ragupathy

Taxonomic Coverage

This dataset includes Plantae- vascular and non-vascular plant specimens from the OAC-BIO Herbarium, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph teaching collection that have been digitized, databased (partially). Major groups are: Lichens, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms.


OAC-BIO Herbarium Information Management System (HIMS)

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Canada Foundation for Innovation

Project Personnel

Subramanyam Ragupathy



Study extent

The Herbarium collection has increased from 85000-128000 specimens in the last three years. Most of these collections are vouchers from current research projects including the Flora Ontario project. Dr Newmaster arranged for the donation of several specialized collections from the Canadian National Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Canadian Forest Service, Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Starting in 2006, the OAC Herbarium will become the repository of all plant vouchers for the Canadian Barcode of Life Consortium, which just received funding from Genome Canada ($630,798 for plants) to barcode plants in Canada. This will include the archival of herbarium vouchers, preserved leaves in silica gel and the extraction of each specimens DNA for cryopreservation.

Sampling description

Floristic diversity; Weeds of Ontario collection; DNA barcoding collections- collection, identification, preparation of typical herbarium vouchers, accessing in to OAC-BIO herbarium by the respective project investigator.

Quality control

Records are edited on an ad hoc basis.

Method Steps

  1. Data are entered into the Herbarium Information System (HIMS) and some records determined by taxonomic experts.

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OAC-BIO Herbarium

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