The fungal herbarium currently holds more than 58,000 specimens that consist of macrofungal fruiting bodies (mushrooms, shelf fungi, etc.), plants infected by fungi, and isolates of microfungi on dried agar plates.
These include approximately 700 type specimens of mushrooms and related fungi that were deposited by the prolific mycologist William A. Murrill.
A searchable database of macrofungi specimens is available at the Mycology Collections Portal website.Search the Mycology Collections Portal
The Fungal Herbarium of the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS), Florida Museum of Natural History, is managed by the Department of Plant Pathology. It is located in Building 737, a building on Hull Road west of Fifield Hall on the University of Florida campus. Contact the Fungal Herbarium staff for more information and directions.
The Curator of the Fungal Herbarium is Dr. Matthew E. Smith.
Mailing Address: Dr. Matthew E. Smith
Department of Plant Pathology
2527 Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Rd.
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110180
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0180
Dr. Matthew E. Smith
Phone: (352) 273-2837
Projects/specialties: Systematics and ecology of Fungi – molecular ecology; ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi; taxonomy of truffles
2517 Fifield Hall
Phone: (352) 273-4679
Projects/specialties: Fungal Systematics
Phone: (352) 273-4632
Dr. Gerald L. Benny
Courtesy Research Professor
Phone: (352) 273-4684
Projects/specialties: Collection digitization; zygomycete and plectomycete development and taxonomy
- Plant pathogenic fungi
- Fungi that are deadly poisonous to humans and pets when consumed
- Fungi that are useful for commercial applications (e.g. industrial processing, bioremediation)
- Fungi that are toxic to animals (e.g. fungi that attack forage grasses)