About this site
Grant no's 279981, 279984 & 279970. Period, Nov./Dec. 2010 to Oct./Nov. 2013.
Dr Vincent Smith
My favourite monocot has to be an aquatic plant. As an avid aquarist I’m keen to recreate slices of underwater habitats from all over the world, and monocots are a regular feature in my aquaria. If forced to name a favourite I’d pick Echinodorus tenellus, the Pigmy Chain Swordplant. This is a fast growing foreground plant common in the Amazon basin where it forms dense carpets of foliage. Its easy to grow, and fills in niche in aquaria that is often hard to fill with other aquatic plants.
Vince Smith runs the Scratchpad project and is the principal investigator on e-Monocot at the Natural History Museum London. He will be helping develop the technical architecture for the Scratchpads that support the different monocot communities contributing to the project. Vince is also developing web metrics that quantify the contributions of individual scientists, helping to incentive their work and encourage participation in the system.