Global Plants (formerly JSTOR Plant Science)
The largest of its kind, Global Plants (plants.jstor.org) is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world. It is an essential resource for institutions supporting research and teaching in botany, ecology, and conservation studies. Through Global Plants, herbaria can share specimens, experts can determine and update naming structures, students can discover and learn about plants in context, and a record of plant life can be preserved for future generations.
About Herbaria and Plant Type Specimens
Herbaria preserve plant specimens that are used for the study of plant life. Their collections also act as an historical record of changes in various flora. Type specimens are in great scientific demand because they act as the original vouchers for nomenclature. They are considered reference objects and enable effective scientific communication by eliminating ambiguities about the particular organism that is referred to. Global Plants aggregates type specimens online so the plant scientist and student can access collections at worldwide herbaria without having to travel to the repositories where they are housed, or having to borrow them on loan.
- Cook's Voyages to the South Seas
- Curtis's Botanical Magazine
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Director's Correspondence
- Linnean Annotated Books Collection
- The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa
- Botany & Plant Sciences
- Conservation & Environmental Studies
- History of Science
Database Feature Highlights
- Nearly two million high resolution plant type specimens
- Related material such as expedition travelogues, letters, photographs, botanical paintings and drawings, and reference works
- MyPlants account to save, comment on, and tag digital objects
- Image viewer to examine and measure plant specimens; save images in MyPlants
- Open scientific commenting on plant specimen data by experts in the field
- Compilation pages to view related resources to a particular plant name in one location
- Thousands of links to related research articles on JSTOR, and other materials on the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and Tropicos
The content available on Global Plants has been contributed through an effort known as the Global Plants Initiative (GPI). GPI is an international undertaking by leading herbaria to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings. Founding partners include:
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
- The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University
- New York Botanical Garden
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- South African National Biodiversity Institute
A full list of partners is available at http://plants.jstor.org/action/community?page=partners.
Related Archive Collections
Institutions can gain access to Global Plants through an annual access fee. Through this fee, we are able to sustain, maintain, and improve the database.
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