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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.





List of eMonocot Scratchpads

A list of eMonocot Scratchpads is now available on this site.

Using IPNI to autocomplete publication names

One of the advantages of making a custom Scratchpads profile for a particular group of users is that this allows us to tailor the functionality of a site to the specific needs of a particular community or project.

eMonocot and Swiss Orchid Foundation collaboration

Back in April Ruth Bone, Paul Wilkin and I visited the Swiss Orchid Foundation in Basel, Switzerland to discuss ways in which we could work together. As part of this collaboration it was decided that the eMonocot project could display images and digitised specimens from the Swiss Orchid Foundation's database of World Orchid Iconography on the eMonocot Scratchpads and portal.


eMonocot at Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

This weekend members of  the eMonocot team will be found at the Lyme Regis Fossil festival passing on their enthusiasm about monocot plant. We will have a stand demonstrating project e-resources and also be leading two Monocot walks. The walks will  incorporate a mini bioblitz to record as many monocot plants of the area as possible. Keep an eye on the Lyme Regis Geo-Bio Blitz scratchpad to see what we find.  Lets hope for good weather.

emonocot at the 15th European Orchid Congress

I have just returned from Budapest and the European Orchid Congress. To see a blog and a few photos from the Congress please see the slipper orchid emonocot scratchpad at this link:


Meeting at the Swiss Orchid Foundation, Basel

Paul, Ed and Ruth returned last night from Basel where they met Lucienne de Witte and colleagues at the Swiss Orchid Foundation. To read more and see some photos, see Ruth's blog on the emonocot slipper orchid site:

Flora Zambesiaca Araceae - Just Published

Many Congratulations to Anna Haigh and her collaborators on the recent publication

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae. In J.R. Timberlake & Martins, E.S. (eds.) Flora Zambesiaca Volume 12(1). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, pp. 1-54.

Exploring the Grasslands of Madagascar

On the 3rd February Maria Vorontsova presented a Nature Live event at the Natural History Museum on Exploring the Grasslands of Madagascar. She talked about the species of grasses found on the island and if we should conserve these ecosystems.

Studying Yams In Madagascar

Dioscoreaceae form the major part of a small but systematically and economically significant order of monocotyledons. The most diverse and important element of Dioscoreales is the yam genus, Dioscorea L., with over 600 accepted species names worldwide.

Blooming Snowdrops - a Nature Live event

Join Paul Wilkin and Anna Trias Blasi at the Natural History Museum on the 23rd January where they will be presenting a Nature live event on snowdrops. Discover how snowdrops survive throughout the year and how scientists are keeping track of snowdrop diversity in the virtual world.

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