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Botanical Institute of Barcelona

Name Botanical Institute of Barcelona
Acronym(s) IBB
Institution type Research institute
Description The Botanical Institute of Barcelona (IBB) is a consortium between the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and Barcelona City Council’s Culture Institute (ICUB). The Institute is considered the second most important botanical center in Spain, because of its scientific importance and the size of its botanical collections. Since 2003, the IBB has occupied a new building, designed by Carles Ferrater, a candidate for several architecture prizes. It is located within Barcelona’s Botanical Garden, at the highest part of the hill of Montjuïc, and offers a spectacular panoramic view of Barcelona and the pre-coastal mountain range. Besides its scientific facilities, the building has an exhibition hall and a small auditorium.

The IBB maintains the main botanical collections that have been created in Catalonia since the 17th century. At present, these collections encompass over 800,000 herbarium specimens. Both the collections and the specialized library (which is part of the CSIC libraries network, accessible online), are open to all researchers. The Institute is also home to the “Gabinet Salvador”, which consists of a collection of natural curiosities (fossils, shells, seeds, diverse plant and animal products, and a remarkable herbarium) and a scientific, medical and pharmacological library from the 16th and 17th centuries, one of the most important of its type worldwide.

Research carried out at the Botanical Institute focuses on plant systematics, using the latest methodological developments in molecular biology. The IBB has been one of the pioneers in introducing a series of powerful tools applied to natural sciences in Spain in recent years. It has also actively researched North African flora virtually since it was founded, along with the comparative analysis of high mountain flora of the Eurosiberian region.
Address Passeig del Migdia, s/n
Postal code 08038
City Barcelona
State/region Catalunya
Country Spain
Telephone +34 93 289 06 11
Fax +34 93 289 06 14