“Biodiversity informatics” describes the computerized handling of any information regarding biological diversity. This collection of data, and providing free global access to it, allows us to study and protect the Earth’s plant species.
The Garden was one of the first botanical institutions to contribute to the global efforts to provide open access to biodiversity data. Tropicos, the garden’s original digital collection, has served as a stepping stone in an ambitious global initiative known as World Flora Online.
Our bioinformatics collection also includes the Garden’s Living Collections Management System, a database of all our living plants.