Disseminating, analysing and integrating plant and fungal diversity data to advance our understanding of plant and fungal species, their diversity, conservation and sustainable use. Main biodiversity informatics interests:
- Comprehensive collections: herbarium - vascular plant (6.5m), fungarium (1.25m), DNA bank (40K samples).
- Millennium seed bank partnership: world's largest ex situ plant conservation project with partners in 80 countries, aiming to bank 25% seed plant species by 2020.
- Actively curated, biodiversity databases including nomenclators for vascular plants (IPNI) and fungi (Index Fungorum), taxonomic resources (World Checklist Selected Plant Families, The Plant List), electronic floras (particularly African), seed information database.
- GIS, remote sensing and modelling of plant distributions.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Alan Paton, Nicky Nicolson
Software as service