Published online by Cambridge University Press: 31 October 2019
Genebanks play an important role in the conservation of global plant biodiversity. The European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO) was created as a central entry point to provide information on these collections. However, a major challenge lies in the heterogeneity of scientific plant names. This makes the selection of suitable plant material, e.g. for research or breeding purposes, significantly more difficult. For this reason, the taxonomic backbone of EURISCO has been completely revised. Search terms entered by users are now automatically checked against taxonomic reference repositories, allowing a variety of synonyms to be identified. In addition, a fuzzy search has been implemented, which makes the search function tolerant of erroneous data (e.g. caused by typing errors). Besides improvements of the search interface, more support will be given to EURISCO's data providers. The new developments provide a tool that makes it easier to identify problem cases within the data, such as accepted/non-accepted taxonomic names, and will successively improve the quality of taxonomic information in EURISCO.