Digitization of mushrooms and lichens collections from Nepal: bringing underrepresented taxonomic groups into the global biodiversity database

The main objective of this project is digitizing specimens of mushrooms and lichens deposited in two herbaria—National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories (KATH) and Tribhuvan University (TUCH)—and one natural history museum in Nepal. It will provide an update the checklists of Mushrooms and Lichens of Nepal. The data produced in the digitization project will serve as the foundation of mycological knowledge of Nepal quantifying their availability at different deposition centres with complete metadata. Digitization will help researchers study the ecology, distribution, phenology of fungal organisms, and increase knowledge-sharing and interest-building among students and relevant user communities.

This project is funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Shiva Devkota.