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Tropical Biology Section

Romeiras, Maria [1], Pais, Maria Salomé [2], Duarte, Cristina [3].

Using databases to investigate biodiversity of Cape Verde Islands.

The digitizing of biological collections kept in world Herbaria is actually a main concern for the scientific community. The internet has opened new opportunities for access to the vast store of biodiversity information contained in these natural history collections. In the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical of Lisbon / Portugal (IICT) are kept very important collections of African plant diversity, namely from former Portuguese colonies (e.g., Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Principe, and Cape Verde Islands). In Cape Verde archipelago, plant diversity is presently composed of representatives of various floristic elements (e.g., mediterranean; afrotropical; neotropical) and a particularly rich endemic flora thus exists. Most of the taxa are well represented in the IICT Herbarium (LISC) collections and representative specimens of endemic taxa (some of them type materials) are present. The divulgation of historical and biological information existent in this Portuguese Institution is of major importance to the development of taxonomic and conservation studies, and also to reinforce the collaboration with Cape Verde Institutions. The goal of the present project is to provide information (e.g. morphological, ecological, chorological and molecular data) for the development of a future on-line Cape Verde Flora, contributing to enrich our knowledge about the plant biodiversity of these remote islands.


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1 - Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical / Instituto de Ciencia A, Centro de Botanica / Unit of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Travessa Conde da Ribeira, 9, 1300-142, ICAT, Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, Campo Grand, Lisboa, Portugal
2 - ICAT
3 - Instituto Investigação Científica Tropical, Centro de Botanica, Travessa Conde da Ribeira, 9, Lisboa, 1300-142, Portugal

Keywords:
Macaronesian Islands
On-line Flora
biological collections.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: P61002
Abstract ID:1322


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