The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute

TitleThe University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute
Publication TypeWebsite
Year of Publication2013
Keywords-170C, -80C, centralized repository, cryogenic collection, frozen tissue collection, genetic resources, herpetology, ichthyology, liquid nitrogen, mammalogy, ornithology, vertebrates
AbstractKU’s Biodiversity Institute maintains a liquid nitrogen cryogenic facility to preserve the institute’s irreplaceable and growing collection of tissues of worldwide animals and plants for genetic research. Our recently opened centralized liquid nitrogen repository or Genetic Resources Facility is housed on the bottom floor of our specimen wet wing and contains two -170°C, 96,000 tube cryo dewars for long term storage and a -80 chest freezer for processing material. The tissue collections comprise the following: (1) Herpetology: ~35,000 specimens representing about 6,000 species from 16 countries with strengths in the Pacific, Asia and the Neotropics; (2) Ichthyology: ~11,000 specimens representing about 2,500 species from 65 countries with strengths in marine and freshwater holdings from Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, Belize, Fiji, Ethiopia, South Africa, Seychelles, Saipan, Tonga and the US. The tissue collection is searchable online (; (3) Mammalogy: ~6,000 specimens representing about 350 species from 10 countries with strengths in the neotropics, especially Costa Rica, Guiana, Peru and the Philippines; and (4) Ornithology: ~25,000 specimens representing about 2,800 species from 30 countries with diverse holdings from China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, United States, and Vietnam. Significant holdings are also present in entomology and botany but are not as yet stored in this facility.