MPNS Version 9 is published
We are pleased to announce release of a significant new Version of MPNS. This newsletter explains the enhancements and their significance for you.
Version 9 includes records from 17 additional medicinal plant reference sources (+11%) and covers almost 28,000 different plants (+ 3.5%). Version 9 includes 510,000 unique alternative names (+5%) employed either for these plants or for the drugs derived from them.
The new resources include significant data sets from China, Iran and Pakistan.
Complete taxonomic review
Since V8 was released, Kew Gardens have made immense progress with the core plant nomenclature and global taxonomy which underpin MPNS. The current taxonomy is comprehensive for all plants with all their synonyms. Over 50% of plant families have been peer reviewed by botanical experts worldwide.
We refreshed the taxonomy underlying MPNS V9 using Kew's new data sets. As a result we have been able to remove the final references to out-dated taxonomic sources such as The Plant List and resolved the low quality (single star) names cited in MPNS V8.
MPNS V9 assigns all plants to the appropriate family in the APGIV standard.