The Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium is located in the heart of the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona, co-housed with the University of Arizona Herbarium (ARIZ) in historic Herring Hall. The Gilbertson holds more than 40,000 dried fungal specimens and over 100,000 strains of endophytic fungi, with special emphasis on polypores, rust fungi, corticioid fungi, and diverse Pezizomycotina. For more information please contact the Curator, Dr. A. Elizabeth Arnold
Why fungi? Fungi are key components of all terrestrial ecosystems. As pathogens, saprotrophs, and mutualists they comprise millions of species - the majority of which are not yet described. By providing safe storage for fungal specimens, mycological herbaria (fungaria) provide both a window into the past -- for understanding climate change, the introduction of invasive species, or the spread of fungal diseases -- and a view to the future, with biotechnology resources captured in fungal DNA.
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We contribute to fungal biodiversity initiatives ranging from systematics to conservation
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If you are a student or community member interested in fungi and biodiversity collections, we would be happy to explore opportunity to volunteer. Please contact the Curator, Dr. A. Elizabeth Arnold
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Do you appreciate the beauty and benefits of mushrooms, the value of training in mycology, and the impact of fungi on sustainability? From mycorrhizae to medicinal mushrooms to pathogens and endophytes, the Gilbertson's holdings are a world-class resource. Talk with us about ways to give
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We provide identification services for homeowners, land managers, government agencies, Poison Control, and more. We do not provide identification with respect to the edibility or toxicity of local species. We are here to answer questions