Meise Botanic Garden (MeiseBG) has a history that goes back to 1796. Today, it is an internationally recognized botanic garden in a park of 92 hectares, and a centre of excellence for plant biodiversity research. MeiseBG houses the 15th largest herbarium in the world, holding 4 million preserved specimens, a comprehensive botanical library, a seed bank and a living plant collection with 25,000 accessions of plants from around the world. Research focuses on plant, algal and fungal taxonomy, evolution, biodiversity conservation, ecosystems and ethnobotany. The preserved collections (including the herbarium, wood, carpological, slide and molecular collections) have a global scope, with a focus on Central Africa, Belgium, and Southwestern Europe, with additionally important historic collections from Latin America. Highlights are the private collections of famous 19th botanists such as Henri Van Heurck (diatoms), Carl Von Martius (Flora brasiliensis), Heinrich Gustav von Reichenbach (orchids) and Crépin (wild roses), which form the historic core of the collections. A wide range of taxonomic groups are covered including: vascular plants, lichens, mosses, liverworts, fungi, myxomycetes, macroalgae, and diatoms. Meise Botanic Garden is dedicated to digitally unlock these precious and unique botanical collections.
The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 2,779,376 records.
2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.
This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.
The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Meise Botanic Garden (2022) Meise Botanic Garden Herbarium (BR). v1. Dataset/Occurrence. http://apm-ipt.br.fgov.be:8080/ipt/resource?r=botanical_collection
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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: b740eaa0-0679-41dc-acb7-990d562dfa37. Meise Botanic Garden publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Belgian Biodiversity Platform.
Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence
- Metadata Provider ●
Worldwide with a focus on Central Africa, Belgium and Southwestern Europe, as well as the Indo‐Pacific marine and the Antarctic regions, with additionally important historic collections from Latin America
|South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]
No Description available
|Plantae, Fungi, Chromista, Protozoa
|Start Date / End Date
|1727-01-01 / 2022-12-31
Digitization of the Meise Botanic Garden Herbarium
|Digitale Ontsluiting Erfgoedcollecties
|The Flemish Government
|The Meise Botanic Garden herbarium is home to reference collections for the flora from Belgium, Latin America and Central Africa. There are around 4 million items in the collections in total, which are being digitised with support from the Flemish government in two projects – ‘Digitale Ontsluiting Erfgoedcollecties’ (Digitally Unlocking Heritage Collections, abbreviated to ‘DOE!’ and ‘DOE!2’). As well as safeguarding the herbarium for future generations, the projects are also facilitating and accelerating the data being made available. Once the images have been digitised they can be consulted on www.botanicalcollections.be. This digitisation means anyone with an interest in the herbarium can access it online, and its fragile items remain safely stored away.
The personnel involved in the project: