Plant Diversity ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (6): 585-591.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2012.12141

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 LI  Hong-Thao, ZENG  Chun-Xia, GAO  Lian-MIng, YI  Ting-Shuang, YANG  Jun-Bo   

  1. Germplasm Bank of Wild Species, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
  • Received:2012-11-05 Online:2012-12-25 Published:2012-11-09


As the traditional Floras of major countries and regions are completed, or about to be completed, botany is entering a postFlora era. Furthermore, with accumulation of multidisciplines and the rapid progress of science and technology, the nextgeneration Flora or iFlora becomes necessary and more and more feasible. The main goals of this article are to: 1) provide an overview of the iFlora idea, its characteristics, components and applications; 2) present the fast progress in the accumulation and direction of development of genetic information and technology for acquiring genetic information over the last 30 years; 3) elucidate the indispensable role of genetic information and its technology for the future of iFlora; 4) summarize the pros and cons for current methods for acquiring genetic information and introduce improved methods; 5) propose the feasible shortterm and ultimate goals of iFlora, along with the rapid accumulation of molecular data and related information technologies, especially the streamlined rapid, and easily applied sequencing technologies and equipment.

Key words:  iFlora, Genetic information, Acquisition technology

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