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e-Monocot is a NERC funded consortium between Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Oxford University and the Natural History Museum.


Grant no's 279981, 279984 & 279970. Period, Nov./Dec. 2010 to Oct./Nov. 2013.





Read the blog by Marcella Corcoran of Kew's UK Overseas Territories team here:

A tree with “dragons blood” running beneath its bark, a rare mountain top
snowdrop and a critically-endangered orchid were among more than 60 new
species discovered by botanists in the past year.  Read the complete story here.


Juncaceae - Our most complete scratchpad yet!

The eMonocot Juncaceae scratchpad ( is now our most complete scratchpad after another 200 descriptions were added by Content team members Odile and Lucy today. Almost all taxa in the scratchpads now complete with a taxon descriptions. Many thanks to publishers ABRS for giving us kind permission to reproduce the content from their series of monographs on the family. Now all we need to make the site look great are some nice photos...contributions welcomed!

Download a Microsoft Office Dictionary from your site

Using Scratchpads it is now possible to download a custom dictionary for Microsoft Office. This allows you to spellcheck the scientific names of the organisms you study.

The custom dictionary can be downloaded by going to Structure > Taxonomy and then clicking 'Settings' for the vocabulary you would like to download a dictionary of. Clicking the "Download Dictionary' tab will start the download of the *.dic file.

Instructions for installing the custom dictionary can be found here (follow Method 2 from point 2).

eMonocot reaches Brazil

Simon Mayo, Laurence Livermore and I have just returned from a trip to Brazil where we ran a series of meetings at the Instituto de Botânica in Sao Paulo, and a scratchpads training workshop in Joinville as part of the 63º Congresso Nacional de Botânica. The focus of the workshop were the families Eriocaulaceae and Xyridaceae and we were lucky enough to be joined by some of the world's foremost taxonomic experts in these families.

TDWG 2012 Presentations now online

Presentations from the TDWG 2012 Annual Conference are now available on the TDWG Website

Our largest training workshop (in terms of different research communities) to date has been organised by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and hosted at Kirstenbosch on 9-11th of October 2012. Participants included researchers from South Africa, Ethiopia, Spain and the UK, working on various families: Sedges, Grasses, Hypoxidaceae, Asparagaceae subfamily Scilloideae and the Aloes, day lilies & grass trees family.

eMonocot at TDWG

eMonocot will be at TDWG 2012 in Beijing-Toward an International Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information. Ben Clark will be giving a talk on the eMonocot project and portal.

Members of the scratchpad team will also be there talking about scratchpads 2.0 and giving a scratchpad demo.

Have a look at the complete program on the TDWG website

Madagascar's palms near extinction

Eighty three percent of Madagascar's palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk- according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species released this week by the The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Scratchpads developed and conceived by: Vince Smith, Simon Rycroft, Dave Roberts, Ben Scott...