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Iberian collections of fauna and flora


BIOD-IBERIA houses the most comprehensive natural history collections of the richest biota in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic and Canary Islands. The zoological collections are located in the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN) and the botanical collections (Herbaria) are located in the Real Jardin Botanico (RJB). Both institutions belong to the Spanish Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC), which is comprised of more than one hundred research institutes across the country.
[1] The largest Natural History collection in Spain, comprising 7 million specimens (including 64,190 types), not only from Iberia, the Canaries and the Balearics but also from the Philippines, North Africa, Equatorial Guinea, and Latin America;
[2] Some of the most productive research groups in Spain working on biodiversity, systematics, ecology, and vertebrate Palaeontology, leading research on Iberian biota;
[3] State-of-the-art specimen preparation;
[4] Facilities for macro- and micro-morphological specimens study [light microscopy, conventional scanning electron microscope (Philips XL20) with EDS, preparation laboratory for biological specimens and coating, environmental scanning electron microscope (Quantas) with EDS and microprobe (WDS)]
[5] Molecular laboratories providing molecular tools for systematic and phylogenetic studies, as well as for population genetic studies of endangered species (in suitable cases, access can be given to material from the collection for molecular analysis);
[6] Laboratories of animal physiology, which include facilities to study parasite-host interactions and male reproductive traits such as ejaculate quality and gamete morphology and function.
[7] The field Station "El Ventorrillo" located in the Sierra de Guadarrama;
[8] Databases of the collections, covering 47 % of the specimens;
[9] Database containing 437,000 botanical literature records extracted mainly from Spanish journals and referring to the Iberian Peninsula.
[10] The first library of Natural History in Spain, containing 88,000 books and over 6,280 journals.

Applicants should fill in the application form, which is available at the BIOD-IBERIA home pages. This application can be sent by fax, e-mail or regular mail to the BIOD-IBERIA Secretary located at: BIOD-IBERIA, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, C/ José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34-91-4111328
Fax: +34-91-5645078 or

Project Manager:
Dr Alfonso Navas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), c/Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, 28006-Madrid (Spain)
Tel: +34-91-4111328
Fax: +34-91-5645078

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2,José Gutiérrez Abascal 2
28006 MADRID

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