Flora of North America: Synergy with other Botanical Projects
Brouillet, Luc .
Asteraceae for Flora of North America–lessons learned, discoveries made.
THE Flora of North America (FNA) project published the three volumes (19-21) of family Asteraceae in early 2006. The Asteraceae are the single largest family in the flora, with 418 genera and some 2406 species. Treatments were provided by 78 authors and were reviewed by 15 regional reviewers. Manuscripts were edited by 3 taxon editors, a technical editor, an administrative assistant, bibliographic and nomenclature editors, and production personnel. Editing was done in earnest from 2002 to 2005, with production extending into January 2006. It benefited considerably from existing web-based databases such as IPNI, TROPICOS, PLANTS, NatureServe, etc. Editing and volume production were carried out almost entirely electronically. Taxonomically, the family was subdivided into tribes, following the latest circumscriptions except for Mutisieae and Heliantheae. In tribes where phylogenies were available and reasonably complete for North American taxa, generic order attempted to reflect phylogenetic order. At the generic level, authors usually incorporated the latest taxonomic and molecular phylogenetic findings. To achieve this, the prior publication of a number of new nomenclatural papers was required. Changes were particularly conspicuous in the Astereae. Also, in introduced groups like Centaurea, much effort was devoted to include recent findings from Europe. Thus these FNA volumes will be the first large-scale flora to incorporate a large number of recent taxonomic findings on the Asteraceae of North America. After paper publication of the volumes, their contents will be made publicly available on the FNA part of the eFlora web site. Thus, the FNA Asteraceae volumes will summarize current knowledge on our flora and serve as a key resource for future research and for other floras on the continent.
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1 - Université de Montréal, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, 4101 rue Sherbrooke est, Montréal, Québec, H1X 2B2, Canada
Flora of North America
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
Time: 1:00 PM