IBdata is a web site that allows you to view the records of the National Collections sheltered by the Institute of Biology of the UNAM. Currently access is provided to the collection of the National Herbarium of Mexico (MEXU) with about 1.3 million of specimens, of which more than one million are specimens collected in Mexico. In the coming months, access will be given to the records of the other collections.
Last system update: 31/08/2018
Last database update: 31/08/2018
The National Herbarium of Mexico (MEXU) holds the most important collection of Mexican plants. With more than 1,300,000 copies it is the largest herbarium in the country and Latin America; It is among one of the ten most active herbariums in the world.
This collection is an achievement of numerous generations of national and foreign botanists and explorers. Its history goes back to the end of the 19th century when the National Medical Institute emerged in 1888, as the official institution responsible for integrating knowledge about natural resources
The UNIBIO is the Informatics Unit for Biodiversity of the Institute of Biology and as such is responsible for systematizing and publishing on the Internet the information on biodiversity that is kept in the different biological collections from the Institute of Biology of the UNAM, besides developing systems to access and analyze it.
The mission of the UNIBIO is to create and maintain an electronic information system that automates and manages the data stored in the biological collections of the Institute of Biology, to later contribute to its analysis, creating systems of interpretation and exploitation of data based on geographic information and specialized software.