DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2012.12135

Plant Diversity and Resources (植物分类与资源学报) 2012/34:6 PP.525-531

The Next-Generation Flora:iFlora

The 21st century has witnessed a rapid development in technologies of molecular biology and computer informatics. Fundamental changes have taken place in means and methods in which humans take cognition of the world.Based on the currently available eFlora and combining this with elements of next-generation sequencing techniques, DNA sequence data, geographical information system data and computer information technology, the nextgeneration Flora(iFlora) is bursting.Through a series of key technological innovations and integrations, the main objective of iFlora is to construct the next-generation Flora, which will fulfill the function of accurately and rapidly identifying species and acquiring species-related digital information.iFlora will greatly advance the development of plant taxonomy, phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, biogeography, conservation biology and other related disciplines.Furthermore, iFlora will be a valuable tool for biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of bi-ological resources, ecological security, public education and services, and will profoundly promote public understanding of biodiversity.The application of iFlora will tremendously nurture and boost the taxasphere and bioliterate world, and will be a new focal point that may reshape modern botany at the global and regional levels.

Key words:iFlora,DNA barcoding,computer information technology,Biodiversity information database

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