Bryophyte Storage Methods
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Bryophyte packets can be stored flat or upright. If stored flat, they can be organized loose in palm folders. Kim Kersh at UC Berkeley says they borrowed this method from Helsinki by way of Dan Norris. Deb Trock at CAS uses this method also and says they overlap the packets inside the palm folders. Another flat storage scheme involves attaching the packets to mounting sheets and filing them in genus folders. Molly McMullen at DUKE says they attach the specimen packets to mounting sheets using a long-armed stapler. The packet is reinforced with a card so it is securely fastened. Using this method, specimens can be moved without destroying the packet; which is not the case if the packets are glued to the sheet. Advantages of all the flat storage methods include easy accommodation of any sized packet, prevention of damage, use of archival materials and storage in standard herbarium cases. Also, packets mounted on herbarium paper or mounted specimens can be interfiled in all the flat storage systems.
Three people described their upright storage systems. All upright storage systems are easily rearranged. Jim Croft at CANB reports they use standard (but large) index card filing cabinets for roughly A6 size cards, 12 drawers in each unit holding three rows of packets or similar footprint boxes. You can see a photo of the system at http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/program/hc/hc-cryptogam.html.
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