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Fungal Collection

History

The collection started form a single case before 1960 by Frank Dickson, with no more than one or two thousand cultures. The original herbarium was contained in a single file case, filed in packets, in the order they were added to the collection and an alphabetized list of cards directed one to each species/ or specimens

Collection

In the past four decades, the collection has grown slowly to the present size of around 15,000 specimens. The collection is small relative to other major fungal collections, however Tremellales is well covered due to Dr. R.J. Bandoni’s interest and research in the group. The collection housed a few of his types in the groups: Fibulobasidium sirobasidioides, Mycogloea amethystina, M. bullatospora, M. nipponica, Sirotrema parvula and S. pusilla. The Agaricales (mushrooms) section had expanded rapidly in the recent years. Paul Kroeger, past President of the Mycological Society of Vancouver, and other members have contributed to the strength of collection.
  The fungal collection is arranged taxonomically by orders based mainly on "an old system". Within each order the specimens are arranged alphabetically by genera. An index of genera of which order they are filed under and the range of cabinets that house the order is available of users of the collection.

Database

The UBC Herbarium Fungal database is complete and includes label information for all accessioned specimens in our Fungal Collection. Most of the data have not yet been edited for typographical errors, and most annotations for nomenclatural and taxonomic changes in the last 20 years have not been added since the data were originally entered. There are currently over 15,000 specimens databased, with new additions each year.

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UBC Mycology Class (Biol 323) Database - Fungi of Vancouver, British Columbia

The UBC Mycology Class (Biol 323) Database contains herbarium label data; descriptions; photographs; GenBank accession numbers for DNA sequences (ribosomal internal transcribed spacer regions and partial large subunit sequences) and accession numbers for cultures (when available) of fungal specimens in the UBC herbarium.

The database is the product of student projects from the course Biology 323, Structure and Reproduction of Fungi, at the Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z4. We thank the Greater Vancouver Regional District Parks, and in particular, the Capilano River Regional Park, for allowing us to conduct this project.

Mycorrhizae are intimate associations between plant roots and fungi that benefit trees by extending the soil-inhabiting surface area of their root systems. This database provides DNA sequences from fungi that were part of the microbial community sampled from hemlock mycorrhizae. Some of the fungi are truly mycorrhizal species. Others are probably casual associates of the mycorrhizae and are incapable of forming mycorrhizal relationships

All were sampled from western Canada, from northern Vancouver Island, located between Port McNeil and Port Hardy, British Columbia (50º 60' N, 127º 35' W).

 

 

People

Curator of Fungi: Dr. Mary Berbee

 

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