Massive Online Plant Database Unveiled
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Researchers from the US and UK unveiled a new online database of plant names on Wednesday in what they are calling an attempt to help global conservation, medicinal, and agricultural efforts. The Plant List, as it is known, is a collaborative effort by workers at London's Kew Gardens and the Missouri Botanical Garden, located in St. Louis. It is said to be the most comprehensive list of botanical life ever assembled, featuring the names of 1.25 million plants "ranging from essential food crops such as wheat, rice and corn to garden roses and exotic jungle ferns," according to AFP reports.