On July 27, 2017, as a satellite meeting of the 19th International Botanical Congress, Editorial Meeting of SAJOREC’s (Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, CAS) key project Flora of Kenya was successfully held at Sheraton Hotel in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. WANG Qingfeng, director of SAJOREC. Prof. HONG Deyuan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. Michael George Gilbert from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew attended the meeting.
Prof. WANG Qingfeng presented the general outline of Flora of Kenya, and summarized the progress and achievements of the project since 2013. According to WANG, 100 species of Kenyan plants in 30 families will be published on the website "Flora of Kenya Online", and a color picture database of 800 species Kenyan plants will be exhibited online as well.
Subsequently, Prof. HU Guangwan from Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS introduced the writing formation, field investigation arrangement, specimen collection, plant photo management etc. of the project. Dr. LIU Bing from the Institute of Botany, CAS and Dr. ZHOU Yadong from Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS both introduced the arranging system, plants distribution description and map making. During the meeting, participants also talked in depth on the contents, standards and forms of the book.
"Study and compiling of Flora of Kenya" is one of the key scientific research project under the cooperation between SAJOREC, CAS and the National Museums of Kenya. Flora of Kenya is planned to record all the vascular plants of about 7,000 to 8,000 species native or naturalized in Kenya. It will be first published online by families. Then hard copies of the book will be published in 31 volumes. The whole project is planned to last for 10 to 15 years. In this book, all the plant families will be arranged based on the latest APG Ⅳ system; photographs will be used to show the important morphological characters of the plants and the interspecific differences. This book will be of great significance to the research and protection of the plant resources in Africa.
Other representatives were from Kenya and the Institute of Botany, Kunming Institute of Botany, South China Botanical Garden, Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden and other institutions. Kenyan students of SAJOREC, CAS and representatives of Hubei Science and Technology Press also attended the meeting.
Prof. WANG Qingfeng from SAJOREC
Prof. HONG Deyuan , Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Michael George Gilbert from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Prof. HU Guangwan from Wuhan Botanical Garden
Editorial Meeting of Flora of Kenya