Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2004 Apr 29;359(1444):681-7.

Towards a working list of all known plant species.

Author information

1
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB, UK. e.lughadha@rbgkew.org.uk

Abstract

A complete listing of the world's known plant species has long been considered desirable but has remained an elusive target for generations of botanists. The adoption of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation has reinforced the urgent need for a global plant checklist to support, facilitate and monitor the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity worldwide. The increasing availability of large databases of biological information over the Internet has demonstrated that many of the obstacles to the collation and dissemination of vast, shared datasets can be overcome. We examine the challenges that still remain to be addressed if the botanical community is to achieve its ambitious objective of delivering a working list of all known plant species by 2010.

PMID:
15253353
PMCID:
PMC1693359
DOI:
10.1098/rstb.2003.1446
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center