Databases and Collections
What is PalynologyPalynology is a branch of science that deals with the study of pollen and other microscopic organic particles called palynomorphs. These palynomorphs can include pollen, spores, algae, fungi and other tiny organic structures. In our department, the focus is on pollen.
Palynology uses various methods to extract information from these palynomorphs. We take samples from sediments and peats that have been deposited over time. These samples are then prepared by cleaning and chemically treating them to release the palynomorphs. They are then analysed under the microscope.
We identify and classify the different types of palynomorphs based on their morphological characteristics. We can identify pollen and spores by their shape, size, surface structure and other characteristics. This information can provide conclusions about the plant species and environmental conditions from which the palynomorphs originate.
Palynology has a wide range of applications. For example, it can be used in archaeology to gain information about past vegetation and environmental conditions. In vegetation history, palynomorphs can be used to date and reconstruct past ecosystems. And they help them understand changes in landscape and climate over time.
In summary, palynology involves the study of pollen and other microscopic organic particles and provides important information about past plant species and environmental conditions.
Datenbanken und Sammlungen1. Reference collection of pollen and spores
- Central Europe and Mediterranean
2336 Slides from 635 genera with about 1487 species (Download PDF)
- High Asia
580 Slides from 266 genera with abauot 578 species (Download PDF)
477 slides from 293 genera with about 356 species (Download PDF)
- High Asia
1480 slides from 246 genera with about 1440 species (Download PDF)
- Latin America
2. Dendrolab collection and database of recent and subfossil woods
3. Collection of macro material (seeds) of
136 families, approx.2818 taxa (Liste als PDF)
112 families, approx.1500 taxa
5. Photo database of neotropical pollen and spores
At the moment we are working on a own database of pollen and spores.
6. Palynology and Climate Dynamics library
7. German Database on Vegetation History