With few visible results to date, the Department of Non-Arthropod Invertebrates stands by its growing involvement in scientific activity associated with the marine environment.
The proposed strategy consists of establishing alliances with research teams in major research centres. The museum provides a destination for the research collections that these teams collect and provides dissemination and support for ensuring they are re-used scientifically to the greatest extent possible.
Since 2012, a reference collection of cnidarians has been created and the museum has just received a collection of bryozoans. The increased scientific potential of the museum is due to the incorporation of specimens of great scientific value that continue to provide results in research.
Creating an infrastructure for collecting cnidarians in the Museum based on constituent research collections
- Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
The aim is to create scientific infrastructure for studying cnidarians in the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona. The core will consist of a scientific collection of cnidarian specimens that aims to become an international benchmark for knowledge of this group in the field of marine biodiversity. Special interest will be dedicated to facilitating physical and virtual access to the collection, which will be formed from collections from notable scientific programmes carried out in the Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC) and the Department of Physiology and Zoology of the University of Seville.