www.mobot.org Research Home | Search | Contact | Site Map  
 
Research
W³TROPICOS
QUICK SEARCH

MO PROJECTS:
Africa
Asia/Pacific
Mesoamerica
North America
South America
Floras
General Taxonomy
Photo Essays
Training in Latin
  America

MO RESEARCH:
Wm. L. Brown Center
Bryology
GIS
Graduate Studies
Research Experiences
  for Undergraduates

Imaging Lab
Library
MBG Press
Publications
Climate Change
Catalog Fossil Plants
MO DATABASES:
W³MOST
Image Index
Rare Books
Angiosperm
  Phylogeny

Res Botanica
All Databases
INFORMATION:
What's New?
People at MO
Visitor's Guide
Herbarium
Jobs & Fellowships
Symposium
Research Links
Site Map
Search

table of contents   
Frontiers of Discovery
TROPICOS
In the past decade, the number of plant names in TROPICOS has doubled and the number of specimen records has tripled. It is the largest and most widely used botanical database in the world.

Sharing information is the lifeblood of scientific research. Today the Garden is the world leader in gathering and providing up-to-date computerized botanical information to scientists and environmental policy planners.

Originally created by Garden researchers in the early 1980s as a internal tool, today TROPICOS is freely available to the scientific community on the Internet. In 1996, the Garden developed w3TROPICOS, a user-friendly graphic interface accessible on the Garden website at http://www.tropicos.org/.

TROPICOS includes nearly 1,555,000 specimen records, over 865,000 scientific names, and more than 80,000 bibliographic citations, plus thousands of images of living plants, herbarium specimens, and associated data. The Garden website receives about 7,000 requests for botanical information every day.

In addition, every floristic project based at the Garden posts information on the website as it is developed. This makes crucial data accessible to environmental planners and scientists years before the flora is ready for final publication.

Carmen Ulloa Assistant Curator Carmen Ulloa Ulloa coordinates the Flora de Nicaragua project at the Garden. Her research focuses on plants of the northern Andes.
Photo: Tim Parker

Frontiers of Discovery: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Next Section >>
Text and photos from "The Unseen Garden" available from MBG Press.
 
 
© 1995-2014 Missouri Botanical Garden, All Rights Reserved
P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
(314) 577-5100

E-mail
Technical Support