Welcome to Frullania.org - a Collaborative Research Network
This portal has been created to facilitate the sharing of data, synthesizing existing web resources and databases into a single streamlined resource for experts working on the liverwort genus Frullania. A major goal is to provide a dynamic forum to accelerate taxonomic research as well as education. Liverworts (Marchantiophyta) are pivotal in our understanding of early land plant evolution and are ecologically significant, existing as important and conspicuous components of the vegetation in many regions of the world.
Modern monographic treatments of liverworts are rare, and comprehensive treatments for species-rich genera currently are lacking. Frullania represents an exceptionally hyper-diverse, taxonomically complex genus with a worldwide distribution. There are over 2000 published names, of which almost 800 are currently accepted. Yet, conservative estimates that no more than 350–375 species may exist. Many Frullania species have interesting biological properties. For example, chemical compounds from some species show cytotoxicity against certain cancer cell lines.
The portal advocates a community approach to help yield high quality data and to expedite taxonomic research. The network is in direct synergy with the "Early Land Plants Today" (see http://www.elpt.fieldmuseum.org) seeking to synthesize the vast amount of information on the taxonomy, nomenclature and distribution. The Frullania.org - Collaborative Research Network – is supported by the Symbiota Virtual Biota project (http://symbiota.org) promoting collaboration on biodiversity projects.
The portal is under development and currently contains modules for physical specimens and their associated data, taxonomy, interactive keys and checklists. The project is looking towards creating linked modules including sequences, and microsatellite profiles, morphological and biochemical data modules and the ability to automatically generate descriptions to be used as the basis for the monographs.