DATABASES: Tropical Trove

Science  15 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5793, pp. 1547a
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5793.1547a

Last year, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama posted its 20-year archive of tree census data (NetWatch, 22 April 2005, p. 475). Now, the institute has launched a bioinformatics clearinghouse that provides access to more researchers' data sets, photos, and other resources. If you're curious about plants such as Tabebuia, a genus of hardy tropical trees, the site's herbarium offers a taxonomic database; an identification key and photo gallery are in the works. The physical monitoring page connects to meteorological and hydrological measurements for eight sites in the country. Browse the species list for the Bocas del Toro station on the Caribbean coast to see photos of creatures such as the iridescent queen angelfish (Angel reina).

biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics

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