The fungus herbarium: Collections and collection focus

After  a mycologist was appointed in 2003, the fungal collections of the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (KR) grew quickly from 11.800 (2003) to 69.000 specimens (2014). Included are 200 type specimens. From numerous specimens DNA was extracted and sequenced for genetic barcoding and phylogenetic studies. The databaseis online since 2015.

One of the oldest fungus collections is that of the teacher W. Stoll (1832-1917) with 1.100 specimens from the 19th century. Old and important collections originate fromthe former public herbarium of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University (Greifswald). Die collections comprise several thousand specimens form Northeast Germany and Farther Pomerania (today belonging to  Poland) collected by Prof. J. Münter (1815-1881) und collaborators.

Scientifically important are collections of the following mycologists: Prof J. C. Arthur (rust fungi: North and Central America, duplicates), Dr D. Bandini (Inocybe: Europe), E. Bethel (rust fungi: North America, duplicates), Dr W. Brandenburger (plant-parasitic microfungi, particularly rust fungi: Central Europe), Dr P. Döbbeler (rust fungi: Europe and Central America), P. Dornes (lichens: Karlsruhe, Wilder See), M. Enderle (gilled mushrooms, especially Psathyrella: Central Europe), Dr H. Jage (rust fungi: Germany), Prof. H. Kreisel (macrofungi: Europe, Cuba), Dr L. Krieglsteiner (macrofungi: South Germany), D. Laber (macrofungi: Black Forest), Dr H. Neubert (macrofungi: Badenia), G. von Moesz (plant parasitic microfungi: Hungary and Slovakia), Dr M. Lutz (smut fungi, Europe), B. Miggel (macrofungi: Black Forest), O. Müller (rust fungi: Baden-Württemberg), S. Philippi (ascomycetes: Baden-Württemberg), Prof. M. Schnittler (smut fungi: Holarctic), A. Schmidt (powdery mildews, Northern Germany), Dr M. Scholler (plant-parasitic microfungi: Europe, USA), Dr. L. Schrimpl (macrofungi: Black Forest), H. Staub/U. Sauter (Aphyllophorales: SW Germany,) and H. Thiel (rust fungi: Germany).

For loan of specimens for scientific studies please contact the curator Markus Scholler.

Curator in charge

Dr. Markus Scholler, Dipl.-Biol.
Phone: +49 721 175-2810