Plant Diversity ›› 2013, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (6): 687-692.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201313185

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Herbarium Collections and iFlora

 FANG  Tao, ZENG  Chun-Xia, YANG  Jun-Bo-**, LI  De-Zhu   

  1. Germplasm Bank of Wild Species in Southwest China, Kunming Institute of Botany,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
  • Received:2013-09-11 Online:2013-11-25 Published:2013-09-29


The new generation flora, iFlora, is essentially different from other traditional floras, in that it will contain a library of genetic information for use in specimen identification. Based on a combination of recent research and our own laboratory work, we aim in this paper to: 1) discuss the feasibility and irreplaceability of herbarium specimens as materials for use in the iFlora; 2) summarize the major difficulties apparent in the process of genetic information acquisition from herbarium specimens and provide some viable solutions; 3) clarify the importance and significance of herbarium specimens especially the holotype for building the reference library in the iFlora.

Key words:  New generation Flora (iFlora), Herbarium specimens, Genetic information, Species identification

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