|PBI Solanum Project|
The Planetary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI) Solanum project is funded by the US National Science Foundation for five years to produce a worldwide taxonomic monograph of the species of Solanum. It is a collaboration between The Department of Biology, University of Utah; The Natural History Museum, London; The New York Botanical Garden, New York and the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Madison, Wisconsin, as well as a number of Solanaceae specialists worldwide. The project will produce a robust phylogenetic framework.
According to the main project website, the primary goal is the creation of a web-accessible relational database mirrored in the USA and the UK that supports five modules:
The New York Botanical Garden is cataloging all Solanum specimens in the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium for this project. As of October, 2005, approximately 16,000 records have been created for this project, and new specimens records are added daily. Representative specimens of each species will be digitally imaged as part of the project.
- new and archival information on species names and descriptions with supporting vouchers and literature;
- interactive identification keys with pictorial glossary of plant parts;
- digital images of plants and habitats and associated pollinators and herbivores where known;
- a specimen database of herbarium vouchers and geo-referenced collections;
- molecular sequence and phylogenetic information, linked to Genbank and other resources in the plant genomics field.
To search the PBI Solanum Project Catalog by the name of the plant (family, genus, species, or subspecific epithet), author, collector, collector number, barcode number, or type status, use the Quick Search box below. To search one or more specific fields in the database, choose the Detailed Search.