Navigation Links
Latin American Science Initiative Puts Tropical Rainforest Diversity Online
Date:11/12/2008

Tropical plant guidebooks are written largely by scholars from museums and universities in the U.S. and Europe where plant collections are housed. Researchers and conservationists in countries where the plants were originally collected may not have access to tools for understanding some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

The Latin American Plant Initiative aims to make plant samples in herbaria available worldwide by placing unique high-resolution scans of plant collections online. The second annual meeting will be hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Darwinion Institute from Nov. 17-21 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Initiative was announced in Oct. 2007 at the Smithsonian in Panama, one of the Initiative's regional centers for the scanning of herbarium specimens.

To identify an unknown plant sample, researchers and students traditionally compare key characteristics with characters on known, dried plant specimens. To capture even minute features such as leaf hairs and flower parts, samples are scanned using high resolution scanners, making it possible to identify plants by comparing them to the images online. As of Aug. 2008 the new database already includes 53,143 plant specimens.

More than 138 people from 93 institutions will attend the meeting in Buenos Aires. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation also has supported the Africa Plants Initiative, a similar project, since 2002. The resulting network of botanist and bioinformatics specialists represents 124 organizations in 44 countries. Project programmers are in the process of transferring all data from the African Plant Initiative's original Aluka website to a more accessible site maintained by JSTOR.


'/>"/>

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
703-487-3770, ext. 8216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Report: African, Asian, Latin American farm animals face extinction
2. Simulating kernel production influences maize model accuracy
3. Looking through the eyes of a mouse, scientists monitor circulating cells in its bloodstream
4. 2 genes are important key to regulating immune response
5. Imports from Latin America may help US meet energy goals, study finds
6. US Patent Office rejects companys claim for bean commonly grown by Latin American farmers
7. Glypican-3 gene function in regulating body size helps inform novel cancer treatments
8. Platinum Solutions, Inc. Teams with Lockheed Martin on Federal Bureau of Investigations Next Generation Identification Program
9. Peers important for nutrition education among Latinos
10. Silent streams? Escalating endangerment for North American freshwater fish
11. CSHL team traces extensive networks regulating alternative RNA splicing
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/22/2014)... , Dec. 22, 2014  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... and security consultant, Apollo Robbins for the ... wallet.  Apollo Robbins will ... th , 2015, demonstrating some of his famous theft ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014  The 2014 Holiday Season ... industry as Acuity Market Intelligence reports that the ... be open. Acuity forecasts that intensifying demand for ... incorporate biometrics will drive a global market of ... devices by 2020.   According to ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/86ncd6/micro_market ) has ... North America Perimeter Security Systems Market" report to ... The North American perimeter security market is ... 2014 to 2019. Although the U.S. market holds a ... is expected to grow at a higher CAGR ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 2NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 3NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 4First Season of Holiday Shopping with Mobile Biometric Payments Wraps Up With a Present for Biometrics Industry: A Rosy Forecast for More Than 2 Billion Users of 4.8 Billion Mobile Biometric Devices by 2020 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 3
... be done, but researchers from the University of ... Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh demonstrated a ... nanoscale process with sizable potential in areas from ... report in the Dec. 12 edition of ...
... Park, the last stronghold for the savanna elephants of ... animals, down from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. ... particularly when herds venture seasonally outside of the ... in Chad. Several park guards have been shot ...
... at Queen,s University Belfast is playing a major role in ... chemical contaminants in food and animal feed. Professor Chris ... at Queen,s, will lead a team of scientists in developing ... toxins in a wide range of foods including meat, poultry, ...
Cached Biology News:Missing: 2,000 elephants 2Queen's University Belfast plays leading role in Europe-wide tests for safer food 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... 23, 2014  Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (NASDAQ: ... a Clinical Trial Application (CTA) with the ... (MHRA) seeking regulatory approval to initiate clinical trials for ... Contingent on the Company receiving CTA regulatory ... trial to assess the safety, tolerability and dose escalation ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 22, 2014  Alternative Energy & Environmental Solutions, ... signed a letter of intent to acquire BioTechPharma ... patented a nanotechnology-based development platform used to create ... rapid on-site collection and testing to identify infectious ... in an immediate, non-invasive and cost-effective manner. ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Fertility Associates of Memphis has announced a ... a network of more than 20 contributing fertility ... fast access to a national pool of frozen ... Associates of Memphis is the only fertility clinic in ... Dr. William Kutteh , director of Fertility Associates ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 19, 2014  Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) ... (Bina), a privately held company based in ... provides a big data platform for centralized management ... Bina,s proprietary on-market Genomic Management Solution, Bina-GMS 1 ... perform fast and scalable analyses to maximize the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Files Clinical Trial Application in the UK for Clinical Trials of Anatabine Citrate Formulations 2Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Files Clinical Trial Application in the UK for Clinical Trials of Anatabine Citrate Formulations 3ALNE Announces Intention To Acquire BioTechPharma 2Fertility Associates of Memphis Announces Partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA 2Fertility Associates of Memphis Announces Partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA 3Roche acquires Bina Technologies and enters the genomic informatics market 2Roche acquires Bina Technologies and enters the genomic informatics market 3
...  LCA-Vision Inc. (NASDAQ: LCAV ), a leading ... ® brand, today announced that management will present at the ... January 17, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.  A live ... the Investor Relations section of LCA-Vision,s website at www.lasikplus.com ...
... way pavement, softened by a hot sun, will slow ... wondrous propertiesslows down an object sliding across its surface. ... say theorists at the National Institute of Standards and ... material,s friction. "I don,t think anyone expects graphene ...
... 2012 PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PIP ), ... threats, announced today that Eric I. Richman, President and Chief ... Eighth Annual Equity Conference on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at ... Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood Florida.  Mr. Richman ...
Cached Biology Technology:Slippery when stacked: NIST theorists quantify the friction of graphene 2PharmAthene to Present at the Noble Financial Eighth Annual Equity Conference on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2
Rabbit polyclonal to Olfactory Receptor LS189744 ( Abpromise for all tested applications)....
C/EBPdelta Antibody Shipping Temperature: Cold Storage Temperature: -20C...
Ubiquitin-like protein 4A (Ubiquitin-like protein GDX). [Source:Uniprot/SWISSPROT;Acc:P11441] Antigen: Recombinant Protein Epitope Signature Tag (PrEST)....
Mouse monoclonal [11C9] to Zeralenone ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Chemical / Small Molecule conjugated to BSA: Zeralenone...
Biology Products: