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Royal Museum of Central Africa - Metafro-Infosys - Xylarium

Latest version published by Belgian Biodiversity Platform on Feb 22, 2017 Belgian Biodiversity Platform

The Xylarium of Tervuren (Tw) : the collection of wood includes 56,000 specimens of 13,600 different botanical species from around the world. It is therefore the second largest collection in the world and the largest in Europe. It contains wood from all growing plant forms which produce secondary xylem. Lignified plant tissues are omnipresent in the terrestrial living nature. Also a big part of the material culture consists of wooden objects. Because of the multifunctional character of wood, the Tervuren Xylarium should in principle serve the different disciplines interested in wood research: technology, ecology, palaeontology, art history, archaeology, etc. Since the Tervuren Xylarium is the only governmental wood collection in Belgium there is no geographical limitation: it has a worldwide concern. Because of the scientific nature of the collection, the validation of it depends largely on derivative collections like thin sections for microscopy and microphotographs. Moreover there are collections of stem discs that make dendrochronological research possible.

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Who created the resource:

Fabien Nkundabagenzi
Royal Museum for Central Africa Leuvensesteenweg 13 3080 Tervuren BE +32 2 769 57 59

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Hans Beeckman
Royal Museum for Central Africa Leuvensesteenweg 13 3080 Tervuren BE +32 2 769 56 11

Who filled in the metadata:

Nicolas Noe
IT Specialist
Belgian Biodiversity Platform ULB Campus de la Plaine - Boulevard du triomphe 1050 Brussels BE

Who else was associated with the resource:

Nicolas Noe

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 826992ce-4480-11e2-ad4c-00145eb45e9a