In search of a functional flora - towards a greater integration of ecology and taxonomy
Pendry, Colin A.; Dick, Jan; Pullman, Martin R.; Knees, Sabina G.; Miller, Anthony G.; Neale, Sophie; Watson, Mark F.. 2007 In search of a functional flora - towards a greater integration of ecology and taxonomy. Plant Ecology, 192 (2). 161-167. 10.1007/s11258-007-9304-yFull text not available from this repository.
Large-scale biodiversity informatics projects will not properly address the needs of one important potential user group. Ecologists do not have ready access to datasets which allow them to assign plant species to functional types. We believe that information technology has developed sufficiently to allow taxonomists and ecologists to work together to address this need and develop specimen databases to combine taxonomic data with ecological and ecophysiological information so that this information will be assigned to the correct taxon in the future. Digital images provide a rapid and economical method of vouchering specimen data, reducing the need to store physical vouchers in herbaria.
|Programmes:||CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity|
|Additional Keywords:||Bioinformatics, taxonomy, databases, functional ecology, functional types|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Botany
Ecology and Environment
|Date made live:||12 Nov 2007 14:45|
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