Florida Wildflower Foundation News
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to host FWF scientific literature database
Date Posted: Mar 17, 2015
A database holding thousands of research literature records collected by the Florida Wildflower Foundation during the past five years has been transferred to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to be hosted on its website, www.wildflower.org. The database includes white and gray literature on more than 290 Florida wildflower species, many of which also occur in the Southeast and West.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation gathered the scientific literature in an effort to aid scientists, ecologists, biologists, natural resource managers, environmental specialists and citizen scientists searching for information on common Florida species. It launched the collection via its website, www.FlaWildflowers.org, in 2011 as a free, searchable database.
"The database has been one of the most-used features on the Florida Wildflower Foundation website, but we wanted to bring this valuable information to as wide an audience as possible," said Lisa Roberts, Florida Wildflower Foundation Executive Director, about the transfer. "Moving it to the Wildflower Center's website should greatly increase its exposure, meaning more people will benefit from the information. We are deeply grateful to our partners at the Wildflower Center for hosting it."
“We are thrilled to be hosting the research literature database on behalf of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, “ said Damon Waitt, Senior Director and Botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. “This adds a whole new level of scientific support to the Native Plant Information Network and is a great example of collaboration between likeminded native plant organizations.”
The Foundation will continue to add literature to the database. For instance, it is currently supporting a University of Florida student who is collecting scientific literature on the control of invasive species that deter the establishment of wildflower plantings. When finished, the records will be added to the Wildflower Center database.