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Plant Research and Conservation on the Andes

Madriñán, Santiago [1].

"Páramo Plants Online" as a tool for biodiversity studies in a hyperdiverse ecosystem.

“Páramo Plants Online” ( is an Internet site devoted to documenting de diversity of the flora of the Páramos, a unique hyper diverse high elevation ecosystem in the Neotropics. Páramos are tropical "alpine" ecosystems located above the forest line in the northern region of the Andes. They have a characteristic and unique biota that is the result of complex evolutionary processes, not well understood yet. This has produced a high number of endemic plant and animal species, distributed in an archipelago-like environment highly threatened by global warming. Although distributed biodiversity informatics databases have facilitated access to information regarding species occurrence, ecosystem based datasets are wanting. Knowledge of species representation in the páramos can be used to establish a baseline for the study of the evolutionary patterns and processes of the páramo biota, understand their ecological interactions, and aid in conservation efforts. This project has the general objective of gathering and constructing an online accessible relational database of the flora of the Páramos including georeferenced specimen data, synonymy of scientific names, maps, references to protected areas and references to related published works. We here present a series of statistics derived from the complete data set present in Páramo Plants Online, highligting the importance of the Páramos as an evolutionary hotspot.

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1 - Universidad de los Andes, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Kr 1 18A 12, Bogota, DC, 111711, Colombia


Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY06, Plant Research and Conservation on the Andes
Location: Chatham Ballroom - C/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Time: 11:45 AM
Number: SY06009
Abstract ID:932
Candidate for Awards:None

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