Consortium of Lichen Herbaria
- building a Global Consortium of Bryophytes and Lichens as keystones of cryptobiotic communities -
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Cladonia pleurota; NCU-L-0001391; Perlmutter, Gary B. 1421-BA. Image by: Gary Perlmutter. Courtesy of: UNC.
Welcome: The Consortium of Lichen Herbaria has just been launched!
The Consortium serves as gateway to biodiversity data of lichenized fungi. It unites records not only from lichen herbaria in North America, but also from herbaria in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, as well as personal collections and research observations.
Since its inauguration the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria (CNALH) has continuously grown, and the launch of the Consorcio de Herbarios de Líquenes en América Latina (CHLAL) has been such a success that we decided to merge existing biodiversity data platforms to better serve the community.
Uniting these resources has many benefits: Less maintenance of a single platform means that we can focus more on development and improving functionality. We currently serve the data through two language interfaces: English and Spanish. A French user interface is in development.
The website unites all resources previously offered through the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria (CNALH), the Consorcio de Herbarios de Líquenes en América Latina (CHLAL), and the Arctic Lichen portal: specimen records, field observations, dynamic and static checklists, images, interactive keys, and a taxonomic thesaurus.
Our initiative is supported by the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) of Arizona State University, the ASU Lichen Herbarium, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Grupo Latinoamericano de Liquenólogos (GLAL), the Grupo Ecuatoriano de Liquenología (GEL), iDigBio, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the GLOBAL Bryophytes and Lichens Network.
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