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    The history of the Herbarium (PE), the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences can be traced back to the Herbarium, Department of Botany, the Fan Memorial Institute of Biology, Peiping (1928), as well as the Herbarium, Institute of Botany, the National Academy of Peiping (1929). During the past seven decades, PE has developed into the largest herbarium in Asia. The current collection contains more than 2,400,000 specimens ( including 80,000 seed collections and 70,000 plant fossil samples). In addition, over 17,000 type specimens are preserved and maintained in the herbarium. The current curator is Prof. Xianchun Zhang.
    The mission of the PE is to make full use of the current strengths of its staff members and collections, to develop itself into a center of East-Asian plant specimen collections and research on plant taxonomy, and to lead internationally in collection-based research and herbarium management.
    To enhance communication and to share information with the world, a program to digitize the PE herbarium was initiated in 1999. The digitized information includes collection data and images of specimens. At the moment, we have digitized 1.8 million specimens incl. 17,000 types as well as the reference materials, 1.6 million images, and the rate of digitization has reached about 70 %. In addition, PE herbarium has also set up the Information Management System, which integrates all the information of the specimens collection, identification, plant images and geography distribution, and allows to be queried and analyzed quickly and exactly. The system can also provide references for environmental protection, sustainable utilization of resources and government policy decision.
    There is a long tradition of public access for the purposes of propaganda and education in PE, and this herbarium has made important contributions to increase public knowledge and understanding of the value and vital importance of plants. Every year, we received near thousands of different visitors, from the visiting public to enthusiastic gardeners, professional scientists and horticulturalists. In addition, we usually provide the services about the specimen identification, and responses to counseling about botanic science for the community.
    The future developments of PE will include increasing the herbarium collection by expanding its current collecting and exchange programs (particularly emphasizing groups distributed outside of China), setting up a strong research team of taxonomists, training the future generation of taxonomists, further developing the virtual herbarium, and strengthening the public education programs in plant sciences.
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    During all these years, the Herbarium has attracted many experts and researchers by its rich collections and excellent facilities. Up to date, the herbarium has set up specimen loan and exchange programs with over 100 herbaria of 39 countries and districts worldwide. PE has made important contributions to the research and compilation of major floristic and monographic studies, such as the 'Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae', as well as to the development of modern botany and public education in plant sciences.
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  Contact 
 

  • Curator: Prof. Xianchun Zhang
  • Tel:+86-10-62836291
  • Fax:+ 86-10-62590843
  • E-mail: zhangxc@ibcas.ac.cn