Digitization of mycological collections in Nepal

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Fan-shaped Jelly-Fungus
Fan-shaped jelly-fungus (Dacryopinax spathularia) observed in Tapethok, Nepal by James Lucas. Photo via iNaturalist (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

Coverage of digitization among biodiversity collections located in the global North is already good, whereas efforts in the global South are lagging and a clear divide is evident—despite the biological richness in the South and the threats posed by global change.

In this project, the team will contribute to closing this gap by digitizing specimens of mushrooms and lichens deposited in two herbaria—National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories (KATH) and Tribhuvan University (TUCH)—and one natural history museum in Nepal, while also updating national checklists.

The data produced in the digitization project will serve as the foundation of mycological knowledge of Nepal quantifying their availability at different deposition centres with complete metadata. Digitization will help researchers study the ecology, distribution, phenology of fungal organisms, and increase knowledge-sharing and interest-building among students and relevant user communities.

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Duration
1 Jul 2020 - 30 Jun 2021
Project identifier
BIFA5_023
Contact details

Shiva Devkota
Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Kirtipur
Kathmandu, Bagmati 3084
Nepal