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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 workshop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

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.

Time was profitably spent on
• an overview of the project's vision and approach to e-taxonomy, by Paul Wilkin,
• practical training sessions involving all delegates on using scratchpad and content capture, by Laurence Livermore and Odile Weber,
• presentations by delegates on each of the plant groups represented, with consideration to how the research community can be involved in contributing to eMonocot,
• discussion and feedback from delegates identifying priorities for further engagement in eMonocot.

Delegates and research foci:
Mario Martinez-Azorin and Anne Johannsmeier work on Asparagaceae subfamily Scilloideae,
Muthama Muasya and Clare Archer work on Cyperaceae,
Yaschica Singh works on Hypoxidaceae and plans to work on Araceae,
Caroline Mushau works on South African Poaceae,
Ronell Klopper, Neil Crouch, Olwen Grace, Sebsebe Demissew, Stephen Boatwright working on Xanthorrhoeaceae subfamily Asphodeloideae in particular.

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