Leading botanical institutions to create the world’s first online catalog of flora by 2020

The online database will compile information on up to 400,000 plants species worldwide

Four of the world’s most prominent botanical institutions have joined forces to create the first online database of the world’s plants. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the New York Botanical Garden and the Missouri Botanical Garden will be compiling information on up to 400,000 plant species worldwide.

As well as providing a useful source of information, the catalog will achieve a primary target of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, an ambitious effort adopted by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002, to halt the loss of plant biodiversity around the globe.

More than 100,000 plant species are threatened by extinction worldwide, whether by climate change, other environmental factors or human interaction. These plants are sources of food, medicine and hold the answers to some of the world’s health, social and economic problems and a full inventory of plant life is part of a programme to help protect the species before they become extinct.

A collaborative approach that will incorporate data from institutions and individuals all over the world, the online catalog will include the names, descriptions, images and distribution information of every plant.

For more information, visit www.mobot.org

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