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
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
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.
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.
Access the UBC Herbarium's Fungal database:
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.
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
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
sampled from western Canada, from northern Vancouver Island, located
between Port McNeil and Port Hardy, British Columbia (50º
60' N, 127º 35' W).