A properly documented pollen and spore reference collection is a valuable tool in systematic/taxonomic studies, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, forensic palynology, archaeology, aerobiology and other areas of research. The collection of pollen or spore samples is best made from vouchered herbarium specimens that have been identified by trained systematists. The collection procedure, although simple, requires careful attention to each specimen so that the material collected contains mature pollen or spores, that the relevant, associated data are recorded and that the herbarium specimen is not damaged during the collection procedure.

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