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Hosting Legal Entity
Helmholtz Association
Am Handelshafen 12, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, PO: 27570 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2003
Scientific Description
The Hustedt Centre combines a taxonomic collection (registered in Index Herbariorum with the acronym BRM) and a research facility targeting diatoms, one of the main primary producer groups in aquatic habitats. The publicly available database of the Hustedt Centre, containing information on accessions, specimens and references, is the first entry point for external users. Non-type microscopic slides and material are also available for loan and slides and material present in the collection are fully available for on-site investigation to visitors. Usage statistics below include on-line users and are rough estimates based on total number of unique visitors per year - around 1300 - multiplied by proportions of page views by geographic category.

RI Keywords
Biogeography, Diatoms, Taxonomy
RI Category
Natural History Collections
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Slide / material loan

Slides and material (except type slides) can be borrowed for investigation by diatom researchers.

On-site investigations

Researchers wishing to consult type or other material / slides in the collection can do so in the frame of visits in the collection (by appointment). The microscopic facilities of the Hustedt Centre are available for visitors' investigations.

Diatom taxonomy library

The Hustedt Centre houses a large library with books and reprints on diatom taxonomy, including important early (19th century and first half of 20th century) works not available on-line. The library is available for use by visitors.

Microscopy facilities

Light and scanning electron microscopic facilities available for visitors for studying collection material.

Date of last update: 21/03/2017
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