The Portuguese collection is being restored.
Due to an interruption on the fumigation procedures in the 1970-80s some material was contaminated by beetle. Also some mounting support did not withstand well the passing of time and manipulation.
The strategy is to revise first the families most afflicted with beetle destruction, restoration taking place now at the composites.
The specimens are
The specimens receive then a barcode and are digitally photographed prior to re-inclusion in the collection.
For the occasional destroyed specimen:
The collection consists of 388 items, 372 of dried material and only 16 in spirit. Most of this material is of African origin. The collection is going through restoration. It is being:
It still is necessary:
A specimen before the cleaning proces
The same specimen after cleaning