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RAINBIO: A mega-database of tropical African vascular plants distributions

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  • Gilles Dauby, UMR DIADE, Laboratoire d'évolution Biologique et Ecologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CESAB / FRB
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  • Rainer Zaiss, UMR AMAP
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  • Anne Blach-Overgaard
  • Luís Catarino, University of Lisbon
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  • Theo Damen, Wageningen University and Research Centre
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  • Vincent Deblauwe, UMR DIADE, Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Université de Yaoundé I
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  • Steven Dessein, Botanic Garden Meise
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  • John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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  • Vincent Droissart, UMR AMAP, Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Université de Yaoundé I, Missouri Botanical Garden
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  • Maria Cristina Duarte, University of Lisbon
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  • Henry Engledow, Botanic Garden Meise
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  • Geoffrey Fadeur, Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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  • Rui Figueira, Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Lisboa
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  • Roy E. Gereau, Africa and Madagascar Department, Missouri Botanical Garden
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  • Olivier J. Hardy, Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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  • David J. Harris, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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  • Janneke De Heij, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Picturae
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  • Steven Janssens, Botanic Garden Meise
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  • Yannick Klomberg, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Charles University Prague
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  • Alexandra C. Ley, University Halle-Wittenberg
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  • Barbara A. Mackinder, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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  • Pierre Meerts, Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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  • Jeike L. Van De Poel, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
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  • Bonaventure Sonké, Université de Yaoundé I
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  • Marc S M Sosef, Botanic Garden Meise
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  • Tariq Stévart, Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Botanic Garden Meise, Missouri Botanical Garden
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  • Piet Stoffelen, Botanic Garden Meise
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  • Jens Christian Svenning
  • Pierre Sepulchre, Université Paris-Saclay
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  • Xander Van Der Burgt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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  • Jan J. Wieringa, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Wageningen University and Research Centre
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  • Thomas L P Couvreur, UMR DIADE, Laboratoire de Botanique Systématique et d'écologie, Université de Yaoundé I, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

The tropical vegetation of Africa is characterized by high levels of species diversity but is undergoing important shifts in response to ongoing climate change and increasing anthropogenic pressures. Although our knowledge of plant species distribution patterns in the African tropics has been improving over the years, it remains limited. Here we present RAINBIO, a unique comprehensive mega-database of georeferenced records for vascular plants in continental tropical Africa. The geographic focus of the database is the region south of the Sahel and north of Southern Africa, and the majority of data originate from tropical forest regions. RAINBIO is a compilation of 13 datasets either publicly available or personal ones. Numerous in depth data quality checks, automatic and manual via several African flora experts, were undertaken for georeferencing, standardization of taxonomic names and identification and merging of duplicated records. The resulting RAINBIO data allows exploration and extraction of distribution data for 25,356 native tropical African vascular plant species, which represents ca. 89% of all known plant species in the area of interest. Habit information is also provided for 91% of these species.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhytokeys
Volume74
Issue1
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
ISSN1314-2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Research areas

  • Biodiversity assessment, Cultivated species, Digitization, Georeferencing, Habit, Herbarium specimens, Native species, Taxonomic backbone, Tropical forests

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