Activities of the TAMU-BWG have produced a wealth of internet resources in plant systematics that are easily transported to the teaching environment. Texas A&M courses in this area, Botany 301 - Taxonomy of Flowering Plants, Botany 328 - Plants and People, and Botany 620 - Field Systematic Botany, are supplemented by strong WWW systems. These pages, open for full public access, include access to lab tutorials, lecture notes, exam tutorials, field trip reviews, and many other sources of information relating to the specific courses and plant systematics in general.  The Botany group also supports an active series of undergraduate research projects (Botany 485) and seminars (Biology 481).
Another area of TAMU-BWG research involves the construction of 'gateway' systems that allow users with varying levels of expertise to access biodiversity information as structured by the taxonomic hierarchy. This work, pursued in collaboration with the Biota of North America Program, is exemplified by the North Amercian checklist System. This system provides entry to the BONAP checklist via vascular plant Family (either techhical or "common" name) or vascular plant generic names (either technical or "common"). These machine-generated query menus allow selection of a query string that, when sent to an indexed file, returns all matches as a page formatted for the web browser. 
Biodiversity is defined in taxonomic terms, and those seeking solutions to biodiversity problems must be able to work within a taxonomic classification system. The system currently employed for many modern treatments of flowering plants is that of Authur Cronquist. The Flowering Plant Gateway allows the user to 'browse' through the higher levels of this taxonomic hierarchy to locate information that might be available on the internet for a given family. This system, machine-generated and frequently updated, was initially developed for local student use because our courses follow the Cronquist system. 

Last update: 11 July 2000