Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Borago officinalis L.
Borago officinalis L.
Brassica napus L.
Brassica napus L.
Daucus carota L.
Daucus carota L.
Vitis x koberi
Vitis x ruggerii
Vitis x ruggerii

 

Background

Bioversity International is based within the “Comune di Fiumicino”, which is a vast territory of 222 Km2, including a large variety of environments (natural reserve “Litorale Romano”, WWF oases, the largest farm in Italy (Maccarese SpA) and several smaller traditional and organic farms, home gardens, forest land with ancient woods (“Pineta di Fregene”  and “Bosco sacro di Torre in Pietra”), as well as disturbed areas (Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci, Fregene sea resorts, etc.).

The Herbarium project

Bioversity International has established within its premises a physical herbarium and related database of the local flora of interest for Food, Forest and Agriculture. The Herbarium project started in 2012, a small laboratory was realized to execute the different steps to create an herbarium. Collecting missions have been organized to find samples, involving volunteers from the institute. Samples have been collected in different periods of the year and in different places of Maccarese, also in the WWF natural reserves. So far the Herbarium has more than two hundred samples, they have been archived in the Bioversity International library indexed by family name. The project and the first results have been presented to  schools and practical meetings were organized to explain how to create an herbarium. These meetings with the schools are important opportunities to realize the basis for future collaboration and for the environmental education. We organized mini-seminars for internal staff on Families and target groups of local flora.

Indeed we obtained also relevant scientific results, reporting the presence of some species for the first time in Lazio. So there have been notes published on the “Informatore Botanico”, the major botanic paper at national level and "Acta Plantarum notes" (Vol. 3, page 82). The maintenance of an Herbarium at Bioversity International is a unique opportunity for Bioversity to:

  • Show Bioversity’s commitment to its host country, by providing  scientific knowledge that can influence local decisions that might improve the level of genetic diversity in the local agro-ecosystems;
  • Mainstream Bioversity’s outputs into the local communities (farmers, environmentalists, administrators, schools);
  • Improve awareness of Bioversity’s staff about local biodiversity;
  • Provide a physical product for international visitors to Bioversity that shows our commitment to local communities and biodiversity research.

The website of the Bioversity Herbarium is under construction. We are uploading: images of scanned specimens, maps about each collecting site and related information included in the collecting forms.

For further information please contact Francesca Giampieri

 

 

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