Plant Diversity ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (6): 525-531.doi: 10.3724SP.J.1143.2012.12135

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The Next-Generation Flora iFlora

 LI  De-Zhu-1、2, WANG  Yu-Hua-3、4, YI  Ting-Shuang-2   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming
    650201, China; 2 Germplasm Bank of Wild Species, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Kunming 650201, China; 3 Science and Technology Information Center, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese
    Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201,China; 4 Key Laboratory of Economic Plants and Biotechnology,
    Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
  • Received:2012-11-05 Online:2012-12-25 Published:2012-11-09

Abstract:

 The 21st century has witnessed a rapid development in technologies of molecular biology and computer informatics. Fundamental changes have taken place in means and methods in which humans take cognition of the world. Based on the currently available eFlora and combining this with elements of nextgeneration sequencing techniques, DNA sequence data, geographical information system data and computer information technology, the next-generation Flora (iFlora) is bursting. Through a series of key technological innovations and integrations, the main objective of iFlora is to construct the next-generation Flora, which will fulfill the function of accurately and rapidly identifying species and acquiring speciesrelated digital information. iFlora will greatly advance the development of plant taxonomy, phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, biogeography, conservation biology and other related disciplines. Furthermore, iFlora will be a valuable tool for biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of biological resources, ecological security, public education and services, and will profoundly promote public understanding of biodiversity. The application of iFlora will tremendously nurture and boost the taxasphere and bioliterate world, and will be a new focal point that may reshape modern botany at the global and regional levels.

Key words:  DNA barcoding, Computer information technology, Biodiversity information database

CLC Number: 

  • Q 948.2