Two projects concerned with the digitization of the herbarium holdings have recently been launched —
• DigiBotA • a project for the digitization of botanical specimens with focus on
type collections or otherwise important collections has been launched late August 2004. Funding partly comes from
GBIF seed money through the DIGIT programm.
INatura / Dornbirn / Herbarium BREG
• A PilotProject • financed by
BMBWK and BMLFUW — coordinated
by Austrian Federal Environmet Agency - UBA
as its main target has to setup a network of biodiversity related databases of Austrian institutions and
present a common portal on the internet for querying and display of the contents.
other activities at our institution
Modern activities in plant systematics at our institute have led to the accumulation of most valuable materials in certain groups, e.g., Achillea, Annonaceae, Bromeliaceae, Cactaceae, Gesneriaceae, Rubiaceae, and Scrophulariaceae, or from special regions, e.g. the Alps, the Caucasus, Ionian Islands (Greece), Costa Rica, Canary Islands, and the Hawaiian archipelago.
The institute's herbarium is involved in numerous research projects, both national and international. Aside from the Flora of China and Flora Hellenica projects, it is the main basis for the ongoing Flora of Austria project. It further serves as a reference for the project of "Mapping of the Flora of Central Europe" not only for depositing recently collected specimens but also for the evaluation of vegetation changes during the past 120 years.
The herbarium WU is frequently visited by foreign researchers to study our holdings. More than 200 loan shipments from our collections are sent every year to recognized institutions (cf. Index Herbariorum) worldwide and many are received from abroad.
Last modified: 2006-Apr-11, HR