Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Checking scientific plant names in European germplasm holdings as documented in EURISCO
Stephan Weise, Helmut Knüpffer, Markus Oppermann

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-06 04:45 PM – 05:00 PM
Last modified: 2016-10-15


Keywords: ECPGR, EURISCO, plant genetic resources, information system, taxonomic names


The European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources, EURISCO, provides information about 1.8 million accessions of crop plants and their wild relatives, preserved ex situ by almost 400 institutes in Europe and beyond. EURISCO is being maintained on behalf of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources [1]. It is based on a network of National Inventories of 43 member countries and represents an important effort for the preservation of world’s agrobiological diversity by providing information about the large genetic diversity kept by the collaborating institutions.


The germplasm accessions documented in EURISCO presently comprise 6,233 genera and 41,649 species, including synonyms, name variants and misspellings. The dataset is updated regularly whereas the correctness of scientific plant names poses one of the most important challenges [2]. In order to distinguish between accepted names and synonyms, or to detect errors, such as typos, new or updated information needs to be checked against controlled vocabularies.


An overview of the taxonomic composition of European germplasm holdings, based on EURISCO, will be given. A pipeline for checking the consistency of taxonomic plant names against GRIN (U.S. Genetic Resources Information Network) Taxonomy and the Catalogue of Life will be presented.


[1]   S. Weise, M. Oppermann, L. Maggioni, T. van Hintum and H. Knüpffer (2016). EURISCO: The European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources. Nucleic Acids Res. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkw755.

[2]   T. van Hintum and H. Knüpffer (2010). Current taxonomic composition of European genebank material documented in EURISCO. Plant Genet. Resour., 8, 182–188.