News

22 March 2006 — Economic Botany Bibliography added. A 13th data source, the Economic Botany Bibliographic Database, has been added to ePIC. Updates to this and the other Kew Bibliographic Databases (Kew Record and Micromorphology Bibliography) are now visible immediately via ePIC.

6 December 2004 — Monocot Checklist added. A 12th data source, the World Checklist of Monocotyledons, has been added to ePIC. Also, updates to the Living Collection dataset are now visible immediately via ePIC, and we have added the GBIF data portal to our partner links.

1 June 2004 — Library Catalogue added. Kew's library catalogue has been added to the ePIC search. This makes the total number of ePIC data sources 11. To make it easier for you to deal with the growing number of resources which ePIC exposes, we have also categorised them and revamped the web interface.

23 February 2004 — New releases of IPNI and Flora Zambesiaca. IPNI updates are visible immediately the editors make them, and the dataset now includes fern names from the Index Filicum. A new and improved website has been released for Flora Zambesiaca, which can be reached from ePIC results pages.

24 November 2003 — Flora Zambesiaca now available. An additional data source has been added to ePIC. Flora Zambesiaca is a comprehensive descriptive account of the flowering plants and ferns native and naturalised in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip. ePIC gives access to basic information extracted from the flora, and will tie in at a later date with the full text.

1 October 2003 — Fourth release of ePIC adds Herbarium Catalogue and spell-checking. Kew's Herbarium Catalogue is now accessible through ePIC, giving access to a rapidly growing resource of herbarium specimens. In addition, other improvements have been made of which the most obvious is the addition of spell-checking of search terms against the genera held in the Vascular Plant Families and Genera database, and IPNI. Alternative search terms identified through this route are offered together with the search results.

In addition, we have introduced an exciting new way for accessing the information that ePIC provides. Now you can install a toolbar button into your browser — highlight a plant name somewhere, anywhere on the web and query ePIC with a single click.

9 June 2003 — Economic Botany collection added. An additional data source has been added to ePIC. For the first time Kew is making data from the more than 77,000 artefacts and specimens in our economic botany collection accessible on the Internet.

31 March 2003 — Second major release available. You can now access additional information from three new data sources: seed information from the Millenium Seed Bank; bibliographic data about Plant Micromorphology; and information from our web site. Future releases will bring new data to the system — keep checking back!

23 October 2002 — The first release of ePIC is now available. You can simultaneously search the International Plant Names Index (IPNI), Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature, Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (SEPASAL) and the Living Collection. NB: This is the first time that the latter has been made accessible via the web! If you do not find the information you are looking for, you can search in selected non-Kew online databases simply by clicking on the provided links. We want ePIC to be a great resource, and we value your comments. Please use the feedback features to tell us what you think.