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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.





eMonocot will deliver ten major products

  1. 70,000 outline species pages (using the WCM): will include the currently accepted name, synonymy, original place(s) of publication, short references to geographical distribution and life form
  2. Illustrated interactive keys and taxon pages to the 77 families of monocots for biodiversity scientists. Also family pages: taxonomic description and nomenclature, images, information on diversity (number of genera and species) and geographical distribution. Links to literature, other information sources, APG website
  3. Genus level treatment of eight major monocot families containing over 75% of species. These treatments will have two main components, interactive keys to genera and web pages for each genus (~2,100 pages).Araceae (aroids): [CATE-Araceae]Arecaceae (palms): [Palmweb]Asparagaceae sl: [DE NOVO, Dracaenoids scratchpad species level]Cyperaceae (sedges): [DE NOVO]Dioscoreaceae (yams and relatives): [DE NOVO]Liliaceae: [DE NOVO]  Orchidaceae: [DE NOVO (GO/ SOF)]Poaceae (grasses): [GrassBase]
  4. Comprehensive species pages will include: a) European monocots (~2000 species) linked to the British Ecological Society’s Ecological Flora project, PESI. b) “Sampled Red List Index” monocots (1500 species) linked to SRLI Scratchpad) Cypripedioideae (slipper orchids) (~130 species) (Monograph/SOF)
  5. To populate further pages by providing software tools to enable monocot scientists anywhere in the world to participate in eMonocot; to create social structures and working practices to facilitate and manage these global interactions.
  6. Monocot Scratchpads (no numerical target)
  7. Overall monocot consensus taxonomy (= Checklist?)
  8. Five workshops
  9. Test that the eMonocot  software can be applied to animal groups as well as plants by ensuring compatibility and compliance with the Zoological Code of Nomenclature
  10. Develop a Web-based system of assessing the impact of taxonomic work (equivalent to citation indices in traditional science publishing).

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