The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), which coordinates the GBIF nodes in Germany, has launched a new special interest data portal on algae and protozoa (http://protists.gbif.de/protists/).
The portal uses BioCASe (Biological Collection Access Service) portal software and provides access to 7.4 million observation and specimen records published through the GBIF network. The portal enriches the records with additional information, including images, not currently displayed in the GBIF data portal.
Photosynthetic algae and heterotrophic protozoa play a key role in many ecosystems and habitats. They form a wide range of diverse taxonomic groups, morphologies and life forms, ranging from microscopic cells in soils, ponds and lakes to kelps in oceans.
The data portal was set up with funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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