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New improved Fungi Atlas – University of Copenhagen

3 June 2016

New improved Fungi Atlas

Fungi

The Danish Fungi Atlas is now up and running with a new and improved Citizen Science portal. With the Fungi Atlas 2.0 the goal is to maintain, future-proof and further develop the resources which have been built up through Danmarks Svampeatlas (2009-2013), for the enjoyment of all nature interested and everybody professionally engaged with nature management.

Lurid bolete (Suillellus luridus) Photo: Jens H. Petersen

Fungi Atlas 2.0 builds upon the atlas-project; Danmarks Svampeatlas, through which Danish fungi species, focusing on basidiomycetes, have been mapped throughout a five years period from 2009 to 2013. More than 400 volunteers have been involved in the making of the Danish Fungi Atlas, contributing to around 250.000 reviewed fungus findings. Furthermore, approximately 50.000 new findings of fungi has been added, while some 230.000 ”old” findings have been imported into the projects database, which today contains more than 600.000 reviewed findings. The list of known Danish species have also increased by more than 180 basidiomycetes, and several species that were considered extinct, has been re-discovered.

Development of the portal will continue throughout the next 3 years. With the Fungi Atlas 2.0 the goal is to maintain, future-proof and further develop the resources which have been built up through the Danish Fungi Atlas. Project manager Jacob Heilmann-Clausen from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the University of Copenhagen explains: 

Example of the newly developed interface in The Danish Fungi Atlas.

- The future development of the atlas will benefit everyone interested in nature, and serve as a useful tool for people who are professionally involved in nature management. For example, through the development of a new database structure and an interactive interface, the skilled volunteers become highly involved as active players in the process of ensuring valid data. With the new interface and improved functionality the hope is that the improved Fungi Atlas will attract even more users.

The project is conducted in a corporation between Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the Natural History Museum og Denmark (SNM), University of Copenhagen, the Danish Mycological Society and MycoKey.

The project is financially supported by Aage V. Jensens naturfond.

Contact

Jacob Heilmann-Clausen
Phone: (+45) 23 83 99 97
jheilman-clausen@snm.ku.dk