Petrozavodsk State University has the Largest Herbarium in Karelia
The herbarium is included in the international database The Index Herbariorum and has a unique acronym PVZ.
As of January 1, 2016, the herbarium had over 70 thousand leaves of vascular plants, around 4 thousand bryophytes, 1,5 thousand lichens, 550 specimens of aphyllophoroid fungi, and around 100 macrophytes of the White Sea.
The Herbarium of Petrozavodsk State University covers the two centuries of botanical research in Russia. The book was printed by the Publishing House of PetrSU and was prepared by a team of authors: E.F. Markovskaya, V.I. Androsova, S.G. Antipina, M.A. Boychuk, E.P. Gnatyuk, T.Yu. Diachkova, A.V. Eglacheva, N.A. Elkina, P.G. Zavadovsky, A.S. Lantratova (1923-2016), K.V. Morozova, E.A. Platonova, A.A. Prokhorov, A.V. Sonina, A.A. Starodubtseva, V.N. Tarasova, V.F. Yudina.
The book provides information about the leading herbariums of the world, Russia, and Karelia. The readers will also get to know the history of PetrSU herbarium, which has been collected at the Department of Botany and Plants Physiology of the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies from 1897 till 2017, as well as learn about the information technologies in herbarium collection.
One of the features of the publication is the efficient and professional design. It was created by the art directors of the Publishing House of PetrSU Evgeniya Tikhonova and Nikolai Osipov. The book is filled with the photographs of botanists, herbarium specimens, as well as the pictures of plant species listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Karelia and the Black Book of Flora of Middle Russia. The photos were taken by Nikolai Osipov. The photos of moss were provided by S.S. Ignatov and O.Yu. Pisarenko, lichens by V.N. Tarasov, fungi by P.G. Zavodovsky and L.A. Saveliev.
The book is published in 200 copies under the Flagship University Development Program for 2017-2020.