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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-y

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Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s11258-007-9304-y
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Watt
ISSN: 1385-0237
Additional Keywords: Bioinformatics, taxonomy, databases, functional ecology, functional types
NORA Subject Terms: Botany
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 12 Nov 2007 14:45
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1173

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