The following sample reports will give you an indication of the sort of information, and level of detail, held on SEPASAL.
Information about individual species has been collated in manual files since the start of the SEPASAL project. The ultimate aim is to undertake comprehensive library research for each species and to load all relevant information onto the database. Such a process results in very detailed reports, such as the example given here, one of the frankincense-producing trees, Boswellia sacra.
Such detailed reports are time-consuming to compile. Recent work has focused on transferring data in manual files (after nomenclature checks) and information from selected references for a number of priority families. The reports for Acanthosicyos naudinianus and Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra are representative of these updates.
The report for Atriplex canescens is representative of those species which have not been updated at all.
The above reports cover individual species. However, one of the most powerful features of SEPASAL, is that candidate lists of species can be generated which match complex enquiries. For example, sample enquiry 1 shows species distributed in Southern Africa, with fruits used as food, tolerant of saline soil. In this example, a candidate list of 20 species is produced.
Sample enquiry 2 shows species distributed in Baja California, Sinaloa or Sonora, in areas receiving mean annual rainfall 0 - 400 mm, used as animal food, erosion control, revegetators or soil improvers.
These sample candidate lists provide family and accepted scientific names. If you login to Internet SEPASAL you will be able to generate similar lists to answer your own information needs. You can also access information (like the sample reports above) on the species in which you are interested.
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