Online database for Mongolian flora to be establishedEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Botanic Garden and Research Institute of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and the National University of Mongolia will be jointly establishing a digital herbarium database for Mongolian flora.
Currently, there are two herbaria in Mongolia: the herbarium of the Botanic Garden and Research Institute of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (UBA) with 80 thousand pages, and the herbarium of the Faculty of Biology at the National University of Mongolia (UBU) with 20 thousand pages.
By digitizing the herbaria as according to internationally accepted standards and creating the online database, it will become possible for the highly valuable materials about the flora diversity of Mongolia to be kept safe.
Alongside decision makers, foreign and domestic researchers, and the general public having easy access to the online database, it will also serve as basis for implementing of international conventions on biological diversity, sharing research data, protecting flora diversity and determining their geographical distribution and resource, and conducting monitoring research.