The California Academy of Sciences Herbarium at the Madagascar Biodiveristy Center contains about 3000 specimens and more than 100 samples in silica gel from Madagascar.
Recent discoveries from the herbarium at the Madagascar Biodiversity Center include Aloes and Xerophyta as well as rediscovered species of Memecylon crassinerve,an isoptype discovered by M. Perville 774 in 1841.
The Madagascar Biodiversity Center is currently collecting voucher specimens for DNA extraction. They are collecting rousseauxia tamatavensis and many others.
This is an image of rousseauxia tamatavensis
The Botanical Coordinator at MBC is responsible for coordinating and collaborating with different institutions within Madagascar and around the world to ensure the continuation of botanical research in Madagascar.
Here is a list of some of the business items and agencies the staff at MBC works with:
Accord de siege
Herbarium TAN, TEF
MNP, Forest Dept
University of Antananarivo
Research permits every 6 months
Herbaria exportation permits for San Francisco
One of two electric dryers in the Botany department at MBC
Collecting specimens in the field includes camping and visiting biodiversity hotspots within Madagascar.
Camp in Loholoka Manakara
Databasing specimens is another activity that occurs at MBC