Herbaria provide long-term data crucial for tracing changes over a long period of time. The vast number of herbaria collections together with increasing digitization and the posibility for sequencing DNA from preserved plant material, make herbaria valuable resources for understanding ecological and evolutionary species responses to main drivers of global change e.g. industrialization causing increased pollution, increasing loss of habitat and changes in land use as well as climate change, and finally global trade and transport resulting in an increasing number of invasive species world‐wide (see also Using herbaria to study global change).
This project examines phenological shifts in fungi life-cycles as part of the research platform Priority Programme 1374 "Biodiversity Exploratories" . A dataset on current fungi phenology obtained from the exloratories will be completed and compared with herbarium records to investigate how forest management and climate change affect life-cycle phenology of forest fungi.