The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Non-destructive morphological studies of old museum samples using modern techniques

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Project title: 
Non-destructive morphological studies of old museum samples using modern techniques
ZFMK Project lead: 
Object of research: 
Lepidoptera, Trichoptera, Amber

Description

The aim of this project is to use modern non-destructive techniques in order to asses important museum material. Traditionally, the preparation of the genitalia or other parts of the inner anatomy would require the preparation and thus the partial destruction of the sample which is often not possible with important type material. We avoid this by using approaches like µ-computed tomography to visualize the inner parts of these specimens in a non-invasive way. The major focus is thereby on old type material, that has to be preserved and on amber fossils which are firmly embedded in their resin. 

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Head of section
Curator
+49 228 9122-220
+49 228 9122-212
m.espeland [at] leibniz-zfmk.de