The Botany Department’s palynology collections include specimens of pollen and spores as well as an extensive set of light microscope and electron microscope images.
The collections consist of 3 types of material:
The slide collection is the major part of the collection and consists of:
There are approximately 52,000 individual slides, of which 13,000 form the basis of the main reference collection and the remainder are duplicates.
Slides are made up mainly from herbarium specimens and are cross referenced to these in our main collections. They represent a wide range of flowering and non-flowering plant families from all parts of the world with a strong emphasis on the northwest European area.
Learn more about the arrangement of pollen collections at the Museum, and how material is prepared.