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Abstract Detail

Systematics Section

Flann, Christina [1], Richards, Kevin [2], Wilton, Aaron [2], Funk, Vicki A. [3].

Global Compositae Checklist – Progress and Prospects.

The days of manually compiling checklists are coming to an end as the options offered by Biodiversity Informatics change the systematic landscape. The Global Compositae Checklist (GCC) is a project that utilises the possibilities of computer assisted checklist generation by integrating existing electronic datasets from around the world for this large plant family (approx 25,000 species). The purpose built program (C-INT) retains all original data and links names that are deemed the same to a “consensus” name which reflects a summary of all contributed data. To date the project has included more than 50 individual data sources covering the cosmopolitan distribution of the Compositae. The family is estimated as having 25,000 described species and the accumulated data contributed to this project has yielded 26,000 accepted species, 58,000 species synonyms as well as significant infraspecific data. In total more than 420,000 individual records have been matched to create around 150,000 consensus names, approximately 60% of which have preferred concepts. This data represents significant progress towards a global checklist and is now being presented to Compositae taxonomists from around the world via The International Compositae Alliance (TICA) for feedback and vetting.

Broader Impacts:
This project will provide up-to-date nomenclature for the largest and most successful flowering plant family. It will assist amateurs and professions in using the correct names for the family and will help with conservation efforts.

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Related Links:

1 - Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis , Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
2 - Landcare Research, Manaaki Whenua, Lincoln, New Zealand
3 - US National Herbarium, Smithsonian Institution , Department of Botany MRC 166, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, 20013-7012, USA


Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Hall A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSY002
Abstract ID:434

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