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Systematics Section

Bohs, Lynn [1].

The PBI Solanum project five years later.

The PBI Solanum project was one of the four projects funded in 2003 in the first round of NSF’s Planetary Biodiversity Inventories program. We assembled
an international team of Solanaceae and IT experts with the aim of completing a on-line species-level treatment of the genus Solanum (Solanaceae) by the year 2008.
Solanum, with approximately 1500 species, is one of
the largest, most morphologically diverse, and economically important plant genera. Our goals have been to provide species descriptions, interactive keys, a nomenclature index, a photo and illustration archive, an illustrated glossary, and a searchable database of herbarium specimens for all taxa in the genus, with all information
disseminated electronically on our Solanaceae Source website. In this talk, I will summarize the accomplishments of the PBI Solanum project over the last five years, pointing out our successes and mentioning some of the challenges of such projects. We hope our PBI Solanum project has provided a model for other large-scale taxonomic endeavors and for the electronic distribution of biodiversity data.


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1 - University of Utah, Department of Biology, 257 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112, USA

Keywords:
Solanum
Solanaceae
PBI.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Session: 47
Location: Magpie A/Cliff Lodge - Level B
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: 47001
Abstract ID:147


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