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Incorporation at NYBG


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant MA-05-10-0504-10 supported the incorporation of the Kohlmeyer Herbarium into the New York Botanical Garden.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the digitization of the Kohlmeyer type specimens, as part of the Global Plants Initiative.

We are especially grateful to Drs. Jan and Brigitte Kohlmeyer for entrusting NYBG with their herbarium.

We are also grateful to Ms. Catherine Innes, Director of the Office of Technology Development at the University of North Carolina for arranging the transfer of ownership of the Kohlmeyer Herbarium to NYBG, and to the staff of the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences for logistic support during the herbarium move.

Kohlmeyer Marine Fungi

In the course of his career, Dr. Jan Kohlmeyer in collaboration with Dr. Brigitte Volkmann-Kohlmeyer and the late Erika Kohlmeyer described 149 new species, 50 new genera, four new families and four new orders of fungi and produced 158 papers and four books. His book "Marine Mycology: The Higher Fungi " published with Erika Kohlmeyer, has been the definitive reference on this group of organisms up to about the year 2000. Several new books have come out since then to accommodate the new taxa and the changes brought about by molecular studies.

The herbarium built by Jan, Erika and Brigitte housed more than 25,000 specimens (dried and fluid-preserved) permanent microscopic slides prepared with the 'double cover glass method', which guaranties the perfect preservation of the material (Mycologist 10: 107-108, 1996), and associated documentation, including field books, notes, photographs (slides, negatives and prints) from marine habitats all over the world.

The Kohlmeyer herbarium focuses on fungi that are not well represented in other herbaria. The Kohlmeyer's research documented an array of fungal biodiversity previously overlooked, and their study of these microscopic organisms has contributed significantly to science's understanding of the recycling of nutrients in aquatic ecosystems.

Since the Kohlmeyers are the foremost experts in the field, and a high proportion of their specimens are cited in their voluminous publications, this herbarium is critical to all future studies of marine mycota.

Many of the original ink drawings of our publications were donated to the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation. For more information, please contact: Ms. Lugene Bruno / Curator of Art & Senior Research Scholar, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Hunt Library,4909 Frew Street,Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Telephone: 412-268-2440,Email:

To search for specimens by fungus name (family, genus, species, or subspecific epithet), author, collector, collector number, barcode number, or type status, use the Quick Search box below. To search one or more specific fields in the database, choose the Detailed Search.

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Searches in the Virtual Herbarium are by default word-based. The fastest searches are made by using whole words as the criteria. Wildcard characters can be used to find partial words, but search times will be significantly longer.

Use an asterisk (*) as a substitute for any number of characters in a word. (Example: "South*" in the Province/State field will return specimen records from "South Dakota," "South Carolina," etc.)

Use an exclamation mark before a word to specifically exclude that word from the search. (Example: "Boletus" in the Genus field and "!pallidus" in the Species field will return all records of Boletus except Boletus pallidus.)

Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases. Words not enclosed by quotation marks will be used to return records with all of the words, but not necessarily in the order typed.

*The Scientific Name field searches the genus, species, infraspecies, and author abbreviations of a name.
Example 1: the search term "cinerea" finds specimens of Bovista cinerea and Mycena cinerea.
Example 2: the term "Massee" finds specimen records of numerous taxa described by George E. Massee.

Author abbreviations can be found using Harvard University Herbaria's Index of Botanists.

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