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Plant Focus

A guest post by Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants podcast and blog

Cultivated Oaks of the World

Cultivated Oaks of the World, a database that pools information on oak trees in collections around the world, was presented at the 9th IOS Conference in 2018. It originally used Google Fusion Tables to aggregate data provided by each collection; it allowed users to search and filter the database, and view geolocated trees on a map of the world and satellite images. For further details, see the paper in International Oaks No. 30, pp. 309–316.

Map of participating oak collections

Google retired the Fusion Tables platform in December 2019, but an alternative was found in Data Basin, a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship. It offers features similar to Fusion Tables and some additional ones, and it also allows us to control access to the data so that it is only available to authorized users.

The oak collection at the Botanic Garden of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, as mapped in the Cultivated Oaks of the World database

The database now includes data on almost 15,000 cultivated oaks, from 37 collections in 10 countries around the world. If you would like to add your oaks to the database, or would like access for research purposes, email aimee.camus@gmail.com, or contact us directly via the Membership Directory.

Allen Coombes and Roderick Cameron