Global Plants Initiative
The largest of its kind, Global Plants is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world. It is an essential resource for institutions supporting research and teaching in botany, ecology, and conservation studies. Through Global Plants, herbaria can share specimens, experts can determine and update names, students can discover and learn about plants and fungi, and a record of plant life can be preserved for future generations.
More information about the GPI can be found on the Global Plants About Page, along with Purdue's Partner Page.
A total of 397 type specimens of vascular plants from the Eli Lilly Collection at the Kriebel Herbarium were recently databased and imaged in 2012 as part of the Global Plants Initiative. They can be found on JSTOR's GPI site.
The Arthur Fungarium joined the GPI in June of 2013 with an estimated 4,000 type specimens to be digitized. The digitization process is managed by Dr. Jordan Bailey, who works with our undergrdauate employees to capture data related to the specimen as well as verify its type status. Once verified and barcoded these specimens can then be scanned using the specially designed HerbScan system fabricated by Kew Botanic Gardens in London, England. The HerbScan is an inverted flatbed scanner house above a movable platform (see below). This platform is made of a foam base which absorbs pressure and avoids damage to specimens. Specimens are scanned at 600 dpi, this captures an amazing amout of detail, seen below in an example of Arthur Fungarium specimen. More specimen images from the Arthur Fungarium can be found on JSTOR.
The HerbScan system.
Image capture of PUR004809, Uromyces psoraleae Peck var psoraleae, collected in Colorado. Specimen is a type specimen for the species name Aecidium psoraleae Peck.