- Evolutionary ecology research
- Horticultural research
- Plant diversity research
- Plant pathology research
- Herbarium & resources
- Scientific publications
PlantNET is our science website, created and maintained by Herbarium staff, delivering information about plants. PlantNET acts as a 'banner' or 'brand' under which the following web services are aggregated:
Work is ongoing to keep PlantNET as up-to-date, informative and user friendly as possible. Targets are decided by a PlantNET Committee.
Plants in the Botanic Gardens
The following pdf files are alphabetical lists by genus of plants held in the three Botanic Gardens, including the collection of cultivars. The lists are current at April 2012 and will be updated every six months.
Data Management report 2011-2012
Gary Chapple - Plant Information Network Officer and Wayne Cherry - Technical Officer PlantNet
Specifications to modify the collections database were submitted to the software supplier. These modifications will improve the recording and management of plant names, their conservation status and weed status. The modifications were tested on a development version of the database and will be incorporated into a new version of the database which will become available mid 2012.
To better manage herbarium specimens sent out on loan a task notification utility was implemented in the Loans module of the database. A set of pre-recorded tasks associated with processing a loan forms part of a loan record and acts as a check list. Linked to this is an emailing system that automatically notifies user to indicate when a particular task should commence and when it has been completed.
The herbarium continues to receive electronic data for specimens donated to us by other herbaria, organisations and private individuals. This data is batch loaded into the database to facilitate the creation of specimen records and saves much time in the recording process. Specimen data was received from herbaria at Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, James Cook University and the Tamworth Agricultural Research Centre. Data was also received for collections from Bruce Wannan (Qld consultant) and Robert Gibson.
The Living Collections Administrator (Chris Ward) and the Gardens Information Officers, Jan Allen, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Tracey Armstrong, Australian Botanic Garden, Simon Goodwin and Phillip Kodela, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney joined Plant Diversity in 2012 to better manage our collections database and the application of botanical names across the organisation.
Australia’s Virtual Herbarium
Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (http://avh.ala.org.au/) moved to a new platform written and hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia (http://www.ala.org.au/). It provides access to specimen records from all of Australia’s state and national herbaria as well as provides feature-rich mapping facilities to plot and analyse plant distributions. Our specimen records are made available to Australia’s Virtual Herbarium through our BioCASE data provider which is refreshed regularly.
Work has continued to make changes to PlantNET to improve functionality and consistency. This has included the addition of symbols against plant names returned by spatial searches to flag noxious, Rare or Threatened Australian Plants and Threatened Species Conservation Act listed species.
We have also updated links to the Angiosperm Phylogeny website: (http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/APweb/welcome.html) that appear on FloraOnline’s family level pages and added links to Wikipedia’s family treatments.
We have initiated an investigation on improved methods of managing plant names with the view of publishing an online census of vascular plants of New South Wales. We have started to assess the possibility of managing FloraOnline and a future census from a new, dedicated module in our collections management system.
Finally, the access log-file analyser software, AWStats, was installed to provide usage statistics for PlantNET. Six months worth of data analysed indicates that PlantNET receives about 900 visitors every day.
Photo: Steve Lewer