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Still curious about the collections featured in the pages of periodiCALS?

Find out more about the day-to-day activities at these invaluable scientific resources.

 

Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium
Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium

Founded by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1935, the Hortorium has historically been the major U. S. center for the systematics of cultivated plants. Today, the Hortorium's mission has expanded to include systematic studies of wild and cultivated plants, ethnobotany, molecular systematics, paleobotany, phylogenetic theory, biodiversity studies, and pharmaceutical studies of tropical plants. Currently, specialists are working in oaks, grasses, legumes, and angiosperm fossils.

 

Cornell University Insect Collection
Cornell University Insect Collection

The Cornell University Insect Collection is a world-class research and training collection that includes more than 7 million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species, or roughly 20 percent of the world's described insect fauna. The collection is an important resource for Cornell students, staff and faculty, as well as residents of New York and the broader systematics community.

 

Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

The Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) is organized into four groups of specimens: fishes (the Ichthyology Collection), amphibians and reptiles (the Herpetology Collection), birds (the Ornithology Collection), and mammals (the Mammalogy Collection). The museum’s North American holdings are strong across all classes of vertebrate, and Cornell faculty, staff, and students have collected thousands of specimens on research expeditions all over the world.

 

Macaulay Library Gallery
Macaulay Library

The Macaulay Library is the world's largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings. The library collects and preserves recordings of each species' behavior and natural history, to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve such recordings, and to actively promote the use of these recordings for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts. It is also a rapidly growing video library of animal behavior.

 

Mann Library
Mann Library

Mann Library's Special Collections hold materials that are too rare, valuable or fragile to be housed in the regular stacks. They consist of more than 14,000 volumes, many of which contain hand-colored illustrations, engravings and lithographs. Many volumes housed within Mann Special Collections originated from the personal libraries of great Cornell figures such as Liberty Hyde Bailey, Anna and John Henry Comstock, and Martha van Rensselaer. In several cases these bequests have become the basis of specialized collections of particular importance: The Phillips Beekeeping Collection, the Rice Poultry Collection, and the Language of Flowers Collection.

 

Plant Pathology Herbarium
Plant Pathology Herbarium

The Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium (CUP) is a large research collection of preserved fungi and other organisms that cause plant diseases. CUP is the fourth or fifth largest mycological herbarium in North America. The collection holds about 400,000 fungus and plant disease specimens, including more than 7,000 type specimens, each the first of its kind to be described and named. The CUP Photograph Collection includes about 60,000 historical scientific photographs of mushrooms, agricultural practices, plant diseases and portraits.

 

Paleobotanical
Paleobotanical

The Paleobotanical Research Program fossil collection includes materials from the diverse history of plants. Vascular plant remains from the Carboniferous, Cretaceous, and Tertiary ages are part of the collection. This material has been acquired from various geographical regions across the United States. The paleobotany lab holds a collection of fossil leaves, wood, flowers, fruits, and pollen. Cretaceous specimens are preserved as 3D, fusinized fossils in an unlithified sandy-clay matrix. Tertiary fossils are preserved as carbonized impressions and flattened lignifications in lithified silicaceous siltstones and unlithified clays.

 

Binary Interactome Dataset
Binary Interactome Dataset

The lab of Haiyuan Yu, assistant professor of biological statistics and computational biology, performs research in the broad area of Biomedical Systems Biology with both high-throughput experimental and integrative computational methodologies. Its aim is to understand gene functions and their relationships within complex molecular networks, interactomes, and how perturbations to such systems may lead to various human diseases.