Professor Fraser Mitchell, Head of the School of Natural Sciences and also member of the Botany team at Trinity College Dublin, has signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of Botany’s world famous herbarium with the consortium who are undertaking the enormous task of preparing a World Flora Online.
This international project links together the top Systematics Institutions in the World. All are working within the UN Convention on Global Biodiversity to produce 'An online Flora of all known plants' by 2020. The consortium is formed via invitation only and the TCD herbarium is the only Irish member of the consortium and one of only 26 members Worldwide. It joins overseas institutes such as, for example, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Professor John Parnell who is Director of the Herbarium will represent TCD on the Council of the World Flora Online Consortium.