In the middle of the XIX century the lecturers began to use visual aids, first of all wall tables and models, at practical classes. Some of the aids are still preserved. The Catalogue of 1904 from Grossmann and Knebel's Bookstore is evidence of a big number of table sets used in European countries; among them were Russia and Germany.
As for the most famous editions the Department has series of tables "Botanische Wandtafeln" by L.Kny, A.Peter, and F.G.Kohl (H.Zippel bearbeitet von O.W.Tome, gezeichnet von C.Bollmann, Auslandische Kulturpflanzen in farbigen Wandtafeln), bearbeitet, gezeichnet, and Auslandische Kulturpflanzen in farbigen Wandtafeln and some others. The tables were often explained by a small article which implied the results of scientific researches of the author.
In 1866 the famous Robert Brendel's Company, which produced botanical educational models, was founded in Germany. Each model had a description, issued as a separate article. The document of great interest, dated 1922, is a response of the German Trade Company to A.Ya.Gordyaghin's request for delivering models to Kazan University. Approximately one hundred models produced by the company are kept at the Department and used for teaching.
Beginning with the middle of the XIX century the systematic collection of educational and scientific purpose had been formed at the Department. The collection of mushrooms and algae implies herbarium samples, microscope slides and vessels with fixed samples. Some of them were got from famous researchers as N.A.Livanov or from scientific organizations, but the majority of them were collected and mounted by N.F.Zakirova in the 1970-80s.
Although some samples are dated the XIX century, the collection of higher plants was gathered mainly in the end of the XX century by the staff of the department as illustrations for the course "Higher Plants' System" during the expeditions to all regions of the former Soviet Union including botanic gardens. The collection enumerates thousands of herbarium sheets and plane-tables.
|Sheet of A.Peter's Table Series|
|Model by R.Brendel's Company|
|Fungi Collections. Fragment|| |