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Systematics Section / ASPT

Guala, Gerald. [1].

Expansion of data and services at the USDA NRCS PLANTS database.

The USDA NRCS PLANTS database (plants.usda.gov) has undergone a large expansion of data, services and usage in the past year. PLANTS currently hosts more than 50,000 unique user sessions per day. Recently added data include taxonomic and distribution data to the province level for all vascular plant taxa in Canada. The native status designations in PLANTS have also been atomized to include separate native status for the 48 contiguous US states, Alaska, Hawaii and Pacific Basin, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Canada, Greenland, and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. PLANTS county distribution data will soon be supported by more than a million voucher specimens that we have recently identified electronically. Conversely, we are now delivering our entire large comprehensive continental scale floristic data set of approximately 2 million county occurrence records of species to GBIF through the DiGIR network. PLANTS ID, the plant identification tool project using comprehensive species level data sets with extensive descriptions and direct links to the data rich and mostly illustrated profiles on PLANTS, now has more than 3000 taxa online in SLIKS (www.stingersplace.com/SLIKS) freeware, and more are going online at a regular pace. The keys currently include the entire wetland monocots of the US, as well as keys to the grasses (Poaceae) of several states. The combined total US grass key, as well as all state keys, should be near completion by the time of the this talk and will be demonstrated. Finally, PLANTS is becoming Taxon Concept aware with explicit concept mapping as an integral part of all new updates.


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Related Links:
USDA NRCS PLANTS database
Stinger's Lightweight Interactive Key Software (SLIKS)
PLANTS ID


1 - USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center, P.O. Box 74490, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70874-4490, USA

Keywords:
US Plant Data
interactive keys
Distribution
PLANTS
SLIKS
North American Flora.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: CP19
Location: PDR 2/Hilton
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007
Time: 3:15 PM
Number: CP19009
Abstract ID:1123


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