The PEACE Project has facilitated the identification of Afghanistan's flora by various means. Previous to PEACE's efforts, identification was only possible by sending specimens abroad to herbariums with local experts.
Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock
PEACE created a plant database and an herbarium for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock in 2010, after most materials of this nature were destroyed by the Taliban. In collaboration with the MAIL, over 1,000 specimens were collected and mounted following their identification between 2007 and 2010. To view the collection information click on the links below:
In 2009-2010, the PEACE Project led an effort to restore the Kabul University Faculty of Science herbarium and have it registered with the Index Herbaria. The KUFS herbarium, as it is now known, holds over 25,000 specimens and all but a few were restored, photographed and electronically cataloged.
In collaboration with the Institute of Botany, University of Vienna, the KUFS database and specimen photos are now available on-line:.
Start by selecting KUFS from the drop-down Institution menu, then click on search at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, searches using both KUFS and one or more other criteria will result is specimens from this collections.
Afghanistan Flora: Checklist of all known plant species in Afghanistan
In 2010, the PEACE Project completed assembling a record of all plant species, including endemics, recorded in Afghanistan from the Flora Iranica: Flora des Iranischen Hochlandes und der umrahmenden Gebirge : Persien, Afghanistan, Teile von West-Pakistan, Nord-Iraq, Azerbaidjan, Turkmenistan. Ed. Karl Heinz Rechinger. Vols. 1-176. The data from these efforts along with data located in herbaria around the world and various publications will serve as a valuable resource for projects working to sustainably manage Afghanistan's rich heritage and natural biodiversity. For the complete plant list click on the link below.
The data from these efforts along with data located in herbaria around the world and various publications, will serve as a valuable resource for projects working to sustainably manage Afghanistan's rich heritage and natural biodiversity.
Above: New plant species found in Afghanistan, Caryophyllaceae Ochotonophila flava Dickóre and Freitag: for publication click here