Multimedia interactive guides to the Flora of the city of Rome


More and more frequently one hears about biodiversity, its relevance for man’s life and the need for its protection. However, the very concept of biodiversity is often unknown to the general public, is accepted passively without being fully understood, put into perspective and fully experienced. In order to understand biodiversity it is necessary to know the different organisms that inhabit the places where we live and hence to be able to identify them.

The interactive multimedia Guides to identify plant species meet the need to render the general public aware of the particularly rich flora biodiversity of the city of Rome. These tools allow also non-experts to ‘explore’ the flora by means of an easy and intuitive approach to plant identification.

Portal of the Flora of Rome http://dryades.units.it/Roma/

Interactive guide to the Flora of Rome http://dbiodbs.units.it/carso/chiavi_pub21?sc=658

Digital book of the Flora of Rome http://dryades.units.it/online_books/Roma_Book_ita/index.html?#1

Portal of the Flora of Villa Torlonia http://dryades.units.it/torlonia/index.php

The PlantFinder of Villa Torlonia http://dbiodbs.units.it/carso/chiavi_pub21?sc=596

Digital book of the Villa Torlonia Flora http://dryades.units.it/online_books/VillaTorlonia_Book_ita/index.html?

The program has been realized in 2013-2016 in the framework of two one year projects of the Italian Ministry of Education University and Research, MIUR (l. 6/2000), by a highly qualified and complementary partnership involving, besides the National Academy of Sciences called of the XL and Zètema Progetto Cultura, the Life Sciences Department of Trieste University (Dryades Project), the Department of Environmental Biology of ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, and ANISN, the Association of Natural Sciences Teachers – Latium branch. The project is connected also to the European initiative LifeWatch via the Joint Research Unit LifeWatch-Italia operative at the Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies of the National Research Council.