Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) stands for the access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization. It is one of the three overreaching objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The digitization strategy describes the planning and implementation of the digitization of the scientific collections and research data to build a digital inventory catalogue as part of the virtual collection and research environment at the ZFMK. The digitization strategy aims at long-term and sustainable processes and methods for the creation and handling of digitized material. It defines the goals, describes the infrastructures, names the necessary resources and defines responsibilities.
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The ZFMK Biobank is a specialized archive storing ultra-deep frozen animal samples (e.g. DNA and tissue) for non-commercial molecular research. The biobank is closely linked to the morphological collections of the museum.
There are about 300,000 specimens in the collection, including type material. The section also houses collections or parts of collections of Erwin M. Beyer, Bernhard Mannheim, Hermann Schmitz, Hans Mendl and Hans Ulrich.
In the Hymenoptera section, additional to the Hymenoptera, the following collections of organisms are curated: Heteroptera, "Homoptera", Orthopteroidea (heterogeneous collection including Mantodea, Blattodea, Phasmatodea, Dermaptera, and Saltatoria), Phthiraptera and Siphonaptera.
The collection has been steadily expanded since 2010 and now comprises around 15,000 digitally recorded specimens (status 2018). The focus is on millipedes (Diplopoda), especially on Sphaerotheriida, Glomerida and Spirobolida, as well as the basal group Glomeridesmida [Limacomorpha].
The herpetological collection of the ZFMK documents biodiversity and serves as a repository for researchers who are working on the taxonomy, biogeography, (macro)ecology, phylogenetics, evolution, parasitology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.
The focus of the collection of preserved mammals are small mammals of the Palearctic and Africa. Of special international significance are the African collections, together with the museums in Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
The EU-SYNTHESYS+ project funds access of international scientist (emphasis EU) to the sientific collections and research infrastructure of ZFMK. Supported are visits of several weeks. This includes both, access to the scientific collections, and research infrastructure such as the labs for morphology and molecular research.