Loans and Exchanges

VSC is a unit of the Biology Department of Valdosta State University.  Specimen loans are routinely made to herbaria officially recognized by Index Herbariorum (cf. Holmgren et al. 1990; Holmgren and Holmgren 1998), and all loan requests are made in writing to the curator.  Loans are normally made for a period of one year, but requests for extensions beyond that period will be considered.  Specimens should be stored in standard herbarium cabinets and handled with care.  Judicious and non-destructive dissection is allowed, but all fragments should be placed in archival quality fragment packets affixed to the herbarium sheet.  Special permission should be obtained from the curator for destructive analysis of specimens (e.g., SEM, DNA, palynological, anatomical studies).  All borrowed specimens should be clearly annotated using archival quality labels, and specimens should normally be returned in the original packaging.  All Valdosta State University Herbarium specimens should be cited “VSC” in publications, and reprints of articles citing VSC specimens would be appreciated.

VSC actively exchanges specimens with a number of herbaria. We are especially interested in adding specimens from the southeastern United States, particularly the coastal plain region, and in building our reference collections of graminoids and pteridophytes. Please contact the Director, if you are interested in starting an exchange program.