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A Short Description of the Collections of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium (NY): Fungi



Fungal Collection from KSC at the NYBG


The fungi from the Kansas State University (KSC) herbarium were donated to the New York Botanical Garden (NY) in March, 1997.  A total of 32,000 specimens make up the KSC fungus herbarium.  Approximately half of the collection is presently being incorporated into the NYBG herbarium, while the other half belongs to published exsiccati (widely distributed, uniform sets of duplicate specimens) that will eventually be donated to other institutions.  At present, the NYBG fungus herbarium, the second largest in North America, consists of approximately 500,000 specimens.

NY was chosen as the repository for the KSC fungal specimens because of its commitment to maintaining herbarium collections and making them available for scientific study.  In addition, there are several mycological connections between the two institutions.  Clark T. Rogerson, an important mycological collector, spent eight years as a faculty member at KSC and left there to take a position at NY. Furthermore, Elam Bartholomew, another important collector, was a collaborator for many years of J. B. Ellis, an early American mycologist whose herbarium is on deposit at NY.

Fungi that are parasitic on plants have always been the predominant emphasis of mycological research at KSC, and consequently, make up a large component of the KSC fungal herbarium.  However, all groups of fungi are present in the herbarium.  Among the non-exsiccati specimens at KSC, collections of six important mycologists predominate.  These are: William Ashbrook Kellerman (1850-1908), Elam Bartholomew (1852-1934), Walter Tennyson Swingle (1871-1952), Arthur Jackson Mix (1888-1958), Clark T. Rogerson (1918-), and Charles Kramer (1928-).








                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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