In June 2009, I visited the Grunow collection of diatom slides, drawings, notes and unmounted material, located in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. The Grunow collection is housed in the Cryptogam section of the herbarium, which is curated by Dr Anton Igersheim. I had support from a SYNTHESYS award (SYNTHESYS is a European Union-funded Integrated Infrastructure Initiative grant) and was in Vienna primarily to examine types of species of Sellaphora, Fallacia, Lyrella, Petroneis and Nitzschia and to visit the University herbarium to assess and survey the slides collections of Prof. Dr. Lothar Geitler (1899–1990). My aim in these pages on the Grunow collection is to help others to maximize any opportunity they may have to visit and use this important resource.
The next page describes the content and organization of the collection.
Preparation of this and related web-pages was made possible by research that received support from the SYNTHESYS Project http://www.synthesys.info/ which is financed by European Community Research Infrastructure Action under the FP6 "Structuring the European Research Area" Programme.
David Mann, August 2009