Herbarium details: National Forestry Mycological Herbarium (NZFRI–M)

Address:

Scion
Private Bag 3020
49 Sala St
Rotorua 3046
New Zealand

Phone:

+64 7 343 5899

Fax:

+64 7 343 5333

Links:

Location

49 Sala Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Background

Foundation

The National Forestry Mycological Herbarium (NZFRI–M) is maintained by the Forest Biosecurity and Protection Group at Ensis. Accessions date back to the early days of the New Zealand Forest Service in the 1920s and 30s. 

Status

Crown Research Institute

Functions

The herbarium supports both commercial and public good funded research, and diagnostic service to government, industry and the general public. 

Scope of Collections

The herbarium contains approximately 4450 (including 18 holotypes) collections of pathogenic and saprophytic (particularly wood decaying) fungi (and a few algae and lichens) from temperate New Zealand native forests, exotic plantations and urban amenity plantings. There is also a small collection of pathogenic fungi from western North America. 

Computerisation

The collection is currently being catalogued in an ACCESS database.

Ancillary Collections

The National Forestry Mycological Herbarium Culture Collection (NZFS) holds approximately 1600 isolates of a similar range of fungi as the herbarium.

Staff and Research

Herbarium Curator: Mrs Margaret Dick, Forest Mycologist Forest Pathologist and Diagnostician (Forest pathogens, foliar diseases of Eucalypts) 

Mr Ian Hood: Forest Pathologist (Tree root pathogens, wood decay fungi)
Dr Tod Ramsfield: Forest Pathologist (Molecular diagnostician)
Dr Peter Gadgil: Research Associate (Forest pathogens, Ascomycetes, Mitosporic fungi)