Botany and Molecular Evolution, Frankfurt am Main

A virtual herbarium for reindeer lichen  

Lichens are fascinating dual creatures of fungi and algae that are very difficult to identify. To be able to name them reliably, even specialists often have to compare their specimens with soundly determined herbarium material. This is tedious if you don’t live near a well-stocked herbarium.

Support the Herbarium Senckenbergianum in building a virtual, online lichen herbarium! Use state-of-the-art optical equipment to create depth-focused images of the important lichen collection of the Frankfurt industrialist Ludwig Scriba in previously unavailable detail. Help us to make a previously unpublished collection accessible to experts and interested amateurs worldwide! Technical knowledge is not required, only skill and fun with technology. We will be happy to train you.


PrerequisitesWhen?Where?What?Time frame
Basic computer skills, dexterity and technical aptitudeStart at any timeIn the Department Botany and Molecular Evolution with Dr. Christian Printzen in Frankfurt am MainCreation of high resolution digital images of lichensBy arrangement
Dr. Christian Printzen
Abteilungsleiter Botanik und Molekulare Evolutionsforschung und Leiter des Herbarium Senckenbergianum (FR) (beides kommissarisch) sowie Sektionsleiter Kryptogamen