African herbaria support transformation on the continent

Show simple item record Smith, G.F. (Gideon Francois), 1959- Roux, J.P. (Jacobus Petrus) Raven, Peter Figueiredo, Estrela 2012-08-30T12:01:08Z 2012-08-30T12:01:08Z 2011-07-15
dc.description.abstract The African Plants Initiative (API) was conceived as a web-based, electronic venture that would provide rapid access to images of type specimens of African plant names. This soon grew to also encompass images of living plants, associated taxonomic literature, artwork,and related texts. In many respects, Africa, which is host to aflora of over 50,000 species, for which about six times that number of alternative and incorrect names are available, has historically lagged behind the world in terms of both taxonomic capacity and access to the global electronic ether. Through the API, a consortium of 73 institutions from the North and South, 291,289 specimen images alone are now available for accessing through the Internet. In this regard, the API has been a pioneer in and has become a catalyst for facilitating the generation and dissemination of fundamental taxonomic information on Afrian plants, a role it is increasingly fulfilling through the JSTOR Plant Science portals. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Smith GF, Roux, JP, Raven, P & Figueiredo, E 2011, 'African herbaria support transformation on the continent', Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 98, no. 2, pp. 272-276. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0026-6493
dc.identifier.other 10.3417/2010050
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dc.publisher Missouri Botanical Garden Press en_US
dc.rights Missouri Botanical Garden Press en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Herbaria en_US
dc.subject North-South and South-South collaboration en_US
dc.subject Specimens en_US
dc.subject Taxonomy en_US
dc.title African herbaria support transformation on the continent en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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