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Systematics Section

Landrum, Leslie [1], Gilbert, Edward [2], Davidse, Gerrit [3], Thiers, Barbara [4], Granzow-De La Cerda, Inigo [5], Lucas, Eve [6].

Cooperative Taxonomic Resource for American Myrtaceae (CoTRAM).

The Cooperative Taxonomic Resource for American Myrtaceae (CoTRAM) was created to facilitate the use of resources (databases, images, and web tools) already available but under utilized. Two NSF funded grants have allowed us to develop various web tools for plants of the Southwest but we have shown that they can easily be used for a completely different group of organisms, American Myrtaceae. So far ASU, K, MICH, MO and NY have contributed materials to the website and we hope that additional herbaria will also. CoTRAM has been assembled using the Symbiota package that has been designed specifically to feature biodiversity data based on herbarium specimens. In this case, the scope of the dataset is defined taxonomically by Myrtaceae and geographically by North and South America. The use of authoritatively identified specimens and images ensures an elevated level of data quality that is overseen by the taxonomic experts. Georeferenced specimens allow the user to dynamically generate maps and geographically defined species lists directly from the specimen data. One can find which species are known to occur in a particular region and these can be compared to an unknown for instance. Or a map can be made of known areas of distribution that allows one to predict where additional occurrences might be found. Symbiota interactive keys allow one to work with a subset of species based on a checklist derived from databases of specimens. The image library at CoTRAM allows for visual comparison of many species and helps in identification.


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1 - Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 874501, Tempe, Arizona, 85287-4501, USA
2 - Arizona State University, Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Sustainability, Tempe, Arizona, 85287, U. S. A.
3 - Missouri Botanical Garden, Department of Research, Po Box 299, St Louis, Missouri, 63166-0299, USA
4 - New York Botanical Garden, Institute of Systematic Botany, 200Th Street & Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York, 10458-5126, USA
5 - University of Michigan, Herbarium, 3600 Varsity Dr. Suite 112, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108-2228, USA
6 - Royal Botanic Gardens, Herbarium, Kew, Richmond, Surrey , TW9 3AE, England

Keywords:
Myrtaceae
Databases
Symbiota web tools
Herbaria.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Session: 56
Location: Cottonwood C/Snowbird Center
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Time: 11:15 AM
Number: 56013
Abstract ID:348


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