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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.





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All submissions will be assessed and the applicants will be contacted by January 16th 2012.

We would like to thank everyone who applied for an eTaxonomy Workshop Bursary.

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Chasing Madagascar forest grasses

Chasing Madagascar forest grasses: collecting expedition 5 October – 8 November 2011

Maria S. Vorontsova

emonocot orchid news ...

The 20th World Orchid Conference is underway in Singapore this week. Lauren Gardiner (Kew) is among the delegates and will be presenting our emonocot Orchidaceae poster, highlighting the main outputs of the emonocot project for this huge family.

emonocot conference poster, WOC 2011


Monocots in South Africa


At the end of September 2011, the Biodiversity Synthesis Center (BioSynC) at the Field Museum in Chicago hosted a synthesis meeting for researchers working on Carex. They were joined by representatives from EOL and eMonocot.

Presentations from Carex BioSynC meeting

Introduction to eMonocot (Dave Simpson)

Aroids and Bromeliads of Montserrat

During a recent field trip to the Caribbean island of
Montserrat, myself and Marcelo Sellaro discovered plant species which had not
previously been known to occur on the island. I specialise in the Araceae
family (Aroids), while Marcelo looks after the Aroid and Bromeliad collection
in Kew’s Horticulture department. Read more about the beautiful island of
Montserrat and the interesting monocots we found there on the Kew UK Overseas Territories

Participants of the BioSynC 2011 meeting, The Field Museum, Chicago, 26th to 30th September 2011

Participants of the BioSynC 2011 meeting, The Field Museum, Chicago, 26th to 30th September 2011- Photo credits: BioSynC Carex group

Science Uncovered 2011

As part of Science Uncovered at The Natural History Museum, members of the eMonocot & Scratchpad teams engaged with the public under the theme "Taxonomy 2.0" to discuss their work.

eMonocot Plenary Presentations (08/09/2011)

10:00 - 10:15  Welcome and project update (Paul Wilkin)
10:15 - 10:45  Content Team Progress  (Soraya Villalba)
10:45 - 11:00  Scratchpad Requirement gathering exercise (Sarah Phillips)
11:00 - 11:30  eMonocot Scratchpad Profile Progress (Ed Baker)

11:30 - 12:00   Coffee Break

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