We are in the process of imaging the Fairchild Tropical Garden Collection. Kent Perkins picked up the specimens from Miami and brought them to Gainesville. The specimens were wonderfully organized, they were also barcoded and a skeletal spreadsheet accompanied the collection, so basically, we had to image them. Tanaka Dang is leading this part of the project.
The collection consists of approximately 500 specimens. Something different from this collection is that the specimens are very diverse in curatorial styles. Some specimens are stored in small boxes, others are stored on envelopes mounted in cards, some are solely on envelopes and some are mounted on folia. This diversity slows the process of imaging because the angle of the camera has to be constantly changed.
We finished the image capturing portion of this collection on June 7, 2013.