What is IOPI?

IOPI is the International Organization for Plant Information. This organisation came into being on September 20th, 1991, at a meeting at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, hosted by the Australian Biological Resources Study. Forty-nine botanists from eleven countries participated. The genesis of the new international organisation lay in discussions arising from an initial proposal by Kew to establish, with a consortium of major herbaria, a computerized taxonomic database - the Species Plantarum Project (SPP) - and those held at Delphi, under the auspices of TDWG, in October 1990, to consider the establishment of a Global Plant Species Information System (GPSIS).