About NCBS Research Collections

NCBS Research Collections provide unmatched assets and resources to study India's incredible diversity. They include advanced taxonomic expertise, world-class infrastructure, equipment, and other research facilities needed for 21st century museum-based biodiversity research.

Our research in India's biodiversity hotspots is spearheading a remarkable number of species discoveries, offering insights into the richness and complexity of Indian biodiversity. This work depends critically on research collections. The NCBS Research Collections have state-of-the-art facilities to hold dry and wet specimens, deep-frozen DNA library, and other biodiversity-related materials. The work space provides microscopes, imaging stations, specimen preparation space, computers, and other essential equipment and resources for museum work. This facility supports several multi-institutional, national and international collaborations in taxonomic discovery, molecular systematics, and evolutionary and conservation genetics, supported by leading natural history museums and biodiversity scientists.

No. of specimens: 40,000

Type specimens: 175, representing 52 new species

Frozen tissue collection: 21,000 specimens

Data repatriation from historical collections: 15,000 specimens

Digital library of specimen images: 45,000 images

Global taxonomic collaborations: 6; No. of publications: 62


Our Partners and Collaborators

We have extensive collaborations with prominent research institutions and museums across the world, such as the Zoological Survey of India (Kolkata), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (New Delhi), Natural History Museum (London), University Museum (University of Tokyo), Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard University), and the McGuire Centre for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (Florida Museum of Natural History). These collaborations serve national and global research networks to prepare phylogenies of several major insect orders and herpetofaunal clades, especially the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Hemiptera (bugs), and Coleoptera (beetles).