The Fourth Congress of Russian Mycologists

The fourth congress of Russian mycologists will start tomorrow in Moscow. This meeting encompasses high diversity of sections (totally 30!), round tables and workshops. The Congress is a chance to learn about different fundamental and applied disciplines of mycology developing in different parts in Russia. I am not sure if i will be able to assimilate all this different information but i can choose areas of my interests and will try to keep pace :).

Our report on “Plot-based survey of macromycetes in forests near Khanty-Mansiysk” will be presented in the section of Fungal ecology. The report with the presentation pictures could be found here (.pdf) [in Russian].

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Biological collections of Yugra workshop

The workshop on Biological collections of Yugra will be held tomorrow in the Museum of Man and Nature in Khanty-Mansiysk. The tradition of this workshop was started two years ago. The researchers and museum managers made their reports and discussed problems of collections organization and functioning in the region.

Biological collections of Yugra – workshop resolution (2015) [in Russian].
The proceedings were published in electronic publication (and the paper edition is coming) [some papers in English, the most in Russian].

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This year we are going to discuss the results of two years of work, new collections will be described and other questions. The workshop is dedicated to memory of an ecologist and the manager of the first Herbarium in Khanty-Mansiysk – Yuriy Gordeev. He also studied, photographed and collected larger fungi in the region.

Program of Biological collections of Yugra workshop – 2017 [in Russian]

The Fungarium YSU and the Museum of Man and Nature have close cooperation for several years organizing Fungi expositions and research field work.

I am allowed to make two reports in the workshop. The first one is dedicated to the IS Specify for collection management. It has been about two years since we use this IS and now i can share some skills with colleagues. The important objective is to organize an integrated database for biological collections in the region based on our UGRABIO DB in Specify (installed at YSU server). It could be a platform for researchers working in Nature Reserves in the Yugra to store their collections information and share it online. The final goal would be to export this integrated database to GBIF.

THE SPECIFY SOFTWARE FOR MANAGEMENT OF BIOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS OF YUGRA AND INTEGRATED DATABASE – the report and presentation [in Russian]

The second report is about Fungal exhibitions: their organization and importance for teaching and mycological science. We made several fungal expositions in Khanty-Mansiysk during last years and i thought that some analysis of how it could be done would be important for us. The report could be also transformed in more popular presentation for non-specialists (to Lektoiy which is getting popular in the town). It was very interesting for me to learn how fungal expositions are organized in different places in the world. I found many beautiful pictures in the Internet, and hope that the colleagues could be impressed by diverse ideas in this field too.

ABOUT FUNGI EXHIBITIONS: ORGANIZATION AND IMPORTANCE – the report and presentation [in Russian]

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The exsiccates from Murmansk region received

An exchange of Exsiccates is important tradition between Herbaria designed to distribute collections among researches and increase safety of the specimens. Up to date, we have not made our own Exsiccates and have not received them from other organizations. Now the first exchange was made with the Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems of the North of the Kola Science Center of the RAS (INEP). They sent to us 13 specimens of Aphyllophoraceous fungi as an exchange. We will form our feedback soon according to the request of the groups of their interest.

We could also make Exsiccates of our Fungarium in future. This would require publication of the list of specimens, specimen preparation and dispatch to required list of organizations. The algorithm should be worked out and the cross-border shipment problems should be solved before.

P.s.: думала что для такого типа обмена в Specify нужно использовать Exchange In, создала такой объект, но не смогла привязать к соответствующему списку образцов. Буду узнавать как это работает, а пока внесла все метаданные о получении эксикатов в таблицу Поступления (Accession) (YSU-F-001).

An exchange between Herbaria: an important tradition has been started

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New books in actual (paper) library

ПОПОЛНЕНИЯ В БУМАЖНОЙ БИБЛИОТЕКЕ!

Из поездки на Конференцию привезла несколько книг в библиотеку Фунгария + накопилось за предыдущее время: обновила каталог и добавила новых гостей на книжную полку.

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Замечательное иллюстрированное научно-популярное издание о флоре и экологии грибов от Юлии Химич (мы ходили на экскурсию в гербарий Института  проблем промышленной экологии севера КНЦ РАН, Апатиты):

Химич, Ю.Р., Руколайнен, А.В., Предтеченская, О.О., 2016. Грибы заповедника “Пасвик” [Fungi of Pasvik Nature Reserve]. НП “Голос губернии,” Рязань.

Сергей Большаков привез в подарок из БИНа несколько монографий по региональным флорам:

  1. Малышева, В.Ф., Малышева, Е.Ф., 2008. Высшие базидиомицеты лесных и луговых экосистем Жигулей. Товарищество научных изданий КМК, СПб.
  2. Волобуев, С.В., 2015. Афиллофороидные грибы Орловской области: таксономический состав, распространение, экология: Монография. Издательство “Лань,” СПб.
  3. Ежов, О.Н., Ершов, Р.В., Руколайнен, А.В., Змитрович, И.В., 2011. Афиллофоровые грибы заповедника “Пинежский.” РИО УроРАН, Екатеринбург.
  4. Ежов, О.Н., 2013. Афиллофоровые грибы Архангельской области. Екатеринбург.

Три научно-популярных книжки от Елены Дмитриевны: первая куплена в поездке в Крым, и две старые книжки из ее личной библиотеке переданы в нашу:

  1. Саркина, И.С., 2013. Грибы знакомые и незнакомые. Справочник-определитель грибов Крыма. Бизнес-Информ, Симферополь.
  2. Hennig, B., Kreisel, H., 1987. Taschenbuch fur pilzfreunde, Veb Gustav Fischer Verlag. ed. Jena.
  3. Клан, Я., 1984. Грибы. Артия, Прага.

Четыре учебника по Микологии и фитопатологии ввиду необходимости вести этот курс в 2018 году у магистрантов кафедры биологии ЮГУ:

  1. Дьяков, Ю.Т. (Ed.), 2012. Фундаментальная фитопатология. КРАСАНД, М.
  2. Дьяков, Ю.Т., 2012. Занимательная микология. Книжный дом “ЛИБРОКОМ,” Москва.
  3. Переведенцева, Л.Г., 2012. Микология. Грибы и грибоподобные организмы.
  4. Дьяков, Ю.Т., Еланский, С.Н., 2016. Общая фитопатология. Издательство Юрайт, М.
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IT in botany conference is coming!

A long-awaited conference on information technologies in collections management is coming and i am preparing to participate.

Apatity, Murmansk Province, March, 28–31, 2017
Conference web page
The conference PROGRAM

The full conference name is International Conference «The use of modern information technologies in botanical investigations».

There are three sections:

  • Section «Information Systems and databases»
  • Section «Modern information technologies in the data processing»
  • Section «The use of remote sensing methods in the vegetation mapping and biodiversity studies»

but the second one is the most interesting in the context of Fungarium organization and functioning. And several round tables are also going to discuss important questions of databases organization.

My report will be focused on YSU Fungarium organization and collection content and our database in Specify; and i hope to share with colleagues the experience of collection management and work in Specify. It will be also helpful to discuss problems of fungal collections databases in Russia in general and what system we are going to adhere in future (there is no common database presently and different institutions are managing their own products). Some problems with our database (like Taxonomical tree organization, pictures management etc.) could be discussed and solved as well.

The abstracts of the conference papers will be published and distributed at the event. But i also decided to publish the report here in blog (that differs from the abstract and has presentation picture in it) so that i could save it for future.

FUNGARIUM OF YUGRA STATE UNIVERSITY AND ITS DATABASE presentation (pdf) [in Russian]

The conference administrators warned us about bright sun at this time of year in Apatity (while snow cover is still staying). So, hoping to come back a little tanned from the conference..^)

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Mushroom rain?..

There is a type of rain (in Russian at least, it is literally called “Mushroom rain” – Грибной дождь) which is said to be linked to mushroom fruiting and therefore, the beginning of mushroom hunt. It is short drizzling warm rain that also alternates with sunny intervals. These mushrooms should be quite exigent and are not devoid of artistic talents. Are they?..

Perhaps i will know more about this Mushroom rain believability soon, as i am currently processing the meteorological data which accumulated during several years of MFS existence. There are 300 data series already!!! A jubilee!! 🙂 But most of them were not preprocessed at all and there are a lot of gaps due to absence of regular control and organization. We can do better in future, i believe.

There are many interesting parameters in terms of fungi which are collected in Mukhrino bog and in nearby forest: air temperature, soil temperature, humidity and heat flux, precipitation, and others. Therefore i hope that this temporal change of profession will be useful in some sense.

This page made for the mukhrinostation website but temporarily will be here on Fungarium site as well: https://fungariumysu.org/weather-station/

Meteorological station Mukhrino

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Collection outcome of the last field season

The collection of 2016 field season reached 1048 specimens! – having finished the import of collections metadata into Specify i have made some calculations and pictures. The beginning of the season was quite pure due to dry weather (75 specimens in June). An equal number of specimens was collected in July and August (257 and 267 spec.). And finally long-awaited rains in September made the baskets full (and 1050 collection specimens in fungarium drawers). It is strange and funny to see that my collection yield did not have an uniform curve, but oscillating between probably ..very inspired and slightly tired days.. 🙂

There was a few collection work in June, equally rich July & August and very busy September

A funny graph showing my oscillatory collecting effort

Relating to different vegetation types, the most of collections made from pure coniferous and coniferous with deciduous trees forests. About 10% of collections was made in predominantly Aspen forests and 5% in Birch forests. Collections from bogs, bogged forests and cutting sites made about 10% in sum.

Number of collections made in different vegetation types

What do you expect about richness of Genera in this collection? – i would guess Cortinaria of course, Russula was quite abundant in mid-summer, also Mycena‘s, Clitocybe‘s, Entoloma‘s always collected since difficulties with in situ identification; plus surprisingly 105 specimens of Pluteus (luckily Tanya likes them).

Number of collections by Genera, leading are Cortinaria & Russulas:)

Here are some statistics about different preparations numbers: besides 1048 dried specimens, about 1000 macrophoto was made in studio, 280 photos made in situ. The last type of photographs is more time consuming but more valuable for different purposes. Some small fraction of collections was microscopied in fresh (vital) state and their pictures also stored in Specify.

The type and number of preparations made

The total Fungarium collection reached about 4,5 thousands. The database in Specify online will be updated (going to pass it from my computer to server soon). And the fresh collection, currently sorted by numbers, should be rearranged by taxa and hopefully identified during this winter.

This season collection storage (sorted by collection numbers)

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