The mycological collection of the University of Tartu (officially Fungarium of the University of Tartu; acronym TUF) holds dried fungi and lichens. The majority of the stored specimens have been collected by the researchers of the University of Tartu in the course of their research projects and expeditions, a smaller part has been donated by foreign and amateur researchers. The fungarium specimens are actively studied both by Estonian and foreign researchers; the material preserved here is used in compiling fungistical, taxonomic and nature conservation studies and reviews.
Our collections store approximately:
- 18 000 fungi
- 90 000 lichens
These include 207 type specimens of which 45 are holotypes.
The lichen collection in TUF is the largest in the Estonia. The exact time of its establishment is unknown, but the oldest specimens were from 1860s. The majority of the specimens in the mycological collection originate from Estonia but the size has considerably expanded within the last decades through contributions from scientific expeditions all over the world. A significant part of the lichen collection constitutes specimens from the territory of the former USSR (Far East, Central Asia, Baikal region, etc.) brought from expeditions by professor Hans Trass (1928-2017), his colleagues and students.
In addition to dried fungi and lichens, the fungarium holds also drawings and natural-sized models of mushrooms made by the well-known amateur mycologist Nikolai Witkowsky (1868-1948). Researchers' field diaries and notes, as well as maps used in expeditions, are also stored here.
Mycological collection in the ETIS database.
Instructions on the usage of the mycological collection.
Ravila 14a (Chemicum study building), 50411, Tartu (collection of fungi)
Lai 38 (in the territory of Botanical Garden of the UT), 51005, Tartu (collection of lichens)