Fungal Collection from KSC at the
The fungi from the Kansas
University (KSC) herbarium were donated to the New York Botanical
(NY) in March, 1997. A total of 32,000 specimens make up the KSC
herbarium. Approximately half of the collection is presently
incorporated into the NYBG herbarium, while the other half belongs to
exsiccati (widely distributed, uniform sets of duplicate specimens)
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
and making them available for scientific study. In addition,
are several mycological connections between the two institutions.
Rogerson, an important mycological collector,
spent eight years as a faculty member at KSC and left there to take a
at NY. Furthermore, Elam
important collector, was a collaborator for many years of J. B. Ellis,
an early American mycologist whose herbarium is on deposit at NY.
that are parasitic on plants have always been the predominant emphasis
of mycological research at KSC, and consequently, make up a large
of the KSC fungal herbarium. However, all groups of fungi are
in the herbarium. Among the non-exsiccati specimens at KSC,
of six important mycologists predominate. These are: William
Kellerman (1850-1908), Elam Bartholomew (1852-1934), Walter Tennyson
Jackson Mix (1888-1958), Clark T. Rogerson (1918-),
and Charles Kramer (1928-).