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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Find out about the world's grass species

We've just added the GrassPortal database to our A-Z listings on the Library website. It is  'a collaboration between researchers and IT specialists at the University of Sheffield, Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew), Knowledge Now Limited, and the University of Lausanne' and is being supported by Project Sunshine.

Its purpose is to:
automate the synthesis of taxonomic, phylogenetic, biogeographic and environmental data, opening up a wealth of information [geographical distributions, ecological characteristics and evolutionary relationships of the world's grass species] and new research opportunities for evolutionary biologists and ecologists.

Althought the database is currently under construction there are some great links in the methods section you can check out right now, including the GrassBase Synonomy Database and GrassBase Online World Grass Flora.

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