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- About 8,000 macrofungi specimens from the University of Maine's Richard Homola Mycological Collection will be added to the existing Macrofungi Collection Consortium. The consortium is working to understand the diversity of macrofungi--like their smaller cousins, the microfungi, they important ecological and environmental roles. The principal investigator (PI) is Seanna Annis at the University of Maine.
- Images and specimen data from nearly 5,000 Cenozoic insects, from the University of California Museum of Paleontology, will be added to the existing Fossil Insect TCN; data that will help scientists understand how these climate-sensitive organisms responded to abrupt environmental changes. The PI is Diane Erwin of the University of California, Berkeley.
- Two PEN awards will add data to the existing New England Vascular Plant Network, which works to understand climate and land use change across New England. One award supports the addition of about 55,000 plant specimens--collected over the past 170 years--from the University of Maine Herbarium. The PI is Christopher Campbell from the University of Maine. The second award supports the addition of about 150,000 specimens from the New York Botanical Garden, and the PI is the Garden's Barbara Thiers.
- Darkling beetles and ground beetles may not look all that impressive, but they are important indicators of environmental changes. About 80,000 of these beetle specimens--collected over the past 70 years by Ohio State University researchers--will be added to the Southwestern Collections of Arthropods Network. This addition will more than double the available data for these two beetle groups, enhancing scientist's ability to assess environmental changes and biological diversity. The PI on the award is Norman Johnson of The Ohio State University.
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