155,607 species and infraspecific names are in the database, 21,916 images, 60,166 bibliographic items, 438,693 distributional records.

Funding and contributors

Ciliaria pannosa (Harvey) Kuntze

Gracilaria gracilis (Stackhouse) Steentoft, L.M.Irvine & Farnham Ría de Ares, Galicia, Spain, 2014
© Ignacio Barbara

This project was initially funded by the Irish Higher Education Authority's Programme for Research in Third-level Institutions, Cycles 2, 3 and 4 from 2000-2005, and from 2007-2010. Since then, the database has been funded mostly from private funds, kindly provided by Professor J.A. West and Dr P.W.  Gabrielson, and by sponsorship. The Ryan Institute and the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Galway University Foundation have also contributed extensively with funding, facilities and communications.

We are particularly grateful to the numerous people who have helped us in this endeavour or contacted us with moral support, pictures, information, comments and suggestions including:

Dr O. Anisimova (Russia), Dr A. Athanasiadis (Sweden, Greece) , Dr R.A. Andersen (USA), Dr R.J. Anderson (South Africa), Prof. D.L. Ballantine (Puerto Rico), Dr I. Bárbara (Spain), Dr R. Barrone (Italy), Prof. J.J. Bolton (South Africa), Dr J. Brodie (UK), Mr F. Bunker (UK), Mr K. Bruun (USA), Prof. B.B. Chaugule (India), Dr N. Chomérat (France), Professor M. Cormaci (Italy), Dr R. Cowan (Australia), Dr A.T. Critchley (Canada), Mr C. Carter (UK), Mr W. da Silva, Dr D.A. Davydov (Ukraine), Dr B. De Reviers (France), Prof. T.J. Entwisle (Australia), Dr T. Fairbanks (USA), Dr Duarte Frade (Spain), Dr R. Froese (Germany), Prof. G. Furnari (Italy), Prof. D.J. Garbary (Canada), Dr T. Gregor (Germany), Dr S. Heesch (France), Dr J.M. Huisman (Australia), Mrs L.M. Irvine (UK), Dr D.M. John (UK), Dr D.A. Kapustin, Dr A. Kenins (Australia), Dr and Mrs G.T. Kraft (Australia), Prof. F. Kuepper (UK), Dr F. Leliaert (Belgium), Dr A. Langangen (Norway), Dr R. Lavigne (Canada), Drs Diane and Mark Littler (USA), Dr K. Mertens (Belgium), Dr R.L. Moe (USA), Dr Marina Morabito (Sicily), Mr O. Morton (Northern Ireland), Dr Tatiana Mikhaylova (Russia), Dr Hassoun Mustapha (Morocco), Dr T. Nakada (Japan), Prof. S. Naz (Bangladesh), Prof. W. Nelson (New Zealand), Dr E.N. Patova (Russia), Prof. W.F. Prud'homme van Reine (The Netherlands), Dr O. Reymond (Switzerland), Dr Surajit Roy (India), Dr R. Searles (USA), Dr C.W. Schneider (USA), Dr F. Rindi (Italy), Dr F. Rodríguez Hernández (Spain), Prof. G.W. Saunders (Canada), Dr A. Scharfetter (Austria), Dr E. Serrão (Portugal), Dr S. Shalygin (Russia), Dr F.A.S. Sterrenburg (The Netherlands), Prof. T.E. Smith (USA), Dr A.-M.Suárez (Cuba), Dr T.B. Widdowson (Canada), Prof. Wm. J. Woelkerling (Australia), Dr K. Wolowski (Poland), Dr M.J. Wynne (USA), and Dr A. Zingone (Italy).

We particularly appreciate the generous financial support of Professor J.A. West and Dr P.W. Gabrielson.

Nomenclatural advice and support was provided by Prof. G. Furnari (Università di Catania), Dr Kanchi Gandhi (Harvard), Dr J. McNeill (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh), Dr R.L. Moe (Jephson Harbarium, Berkeley), Dr C.W. Schneider (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut), Dr N. Turland (Botanishes Museum, Berlin), Dr Wm. J. Woelkering (La Trobe University, Melbourne), and Dr M.J. Wynne (University Herbarium, University of Michigan).

Large numbers of quality images were provided by Dr Rob Anderson (South Africa), Prof. Ignacio Bárbara (Spain), Dr Karl Bruun (Washington State, USA), Chris Carter (UK), Dr John Huisman (Australia), Drs Diane and Mark Littler (Washington, DC, USA), Mr Hideo Ohba (Japan), Dr Sergei Shalygin (Russia), and Mr Wendell Wood (California, USA).

Genus descriptions and information on individual genera were provided by:

Dr M.C. Amspoker, Dr I. Bartsch, Dr C. Billard, Prof. J.J. Bolton, Dr B. Booth, Dr M. Buchheim, Prof. R.L. Chapman, Prof. M. Chihara, Prof. M.N. Clayton, Dr A. Comas, Prof. P. Compère, Prof. E. Coppejans, Prof. A. Couté, Dr D.B. Czarnecki, Åsa Dalsätt, Dr T.R. Deason, Dr G.E. Dillard, Dr S.C. Ducker (deceased), Dr M. Elbrächter, Prof. T.J. Entwisle, Dr E. Firpo, Dr V. Fletchner, Dr I.M. Franceschini, Prof. T. Friedl, Prof. D.J. Garbary, Dr J.F. Gerrath, Dr L.E. Graham, Prof. P. Hargraves, Dr T. Harper, Dr M.W. Hawkes, Prof. E. Hegewald, Dr E.C. Henry, Dr D.R.A. Hill, Dr L. Hillis, Dr F. Hindák, Dr L.R. Hoffman, Dr R.W. Hoshaw, Dr J.M. Huisman, Dr I. Izaguirre, Dr H.W. Joahnsen, Dr J.R. Johansen, Dr S. Jónsson, Dr T. Kalina, Prof. H. Kawai, Dr A. Kenins, Prof. R.J. King, Prof. J. Komárek, Dr G.T. Kraft, Dr J. Kristiansen, Dr P. Kugrens (deceased), M. Robert Lavigne, Dr G.F. Leedale, Dr C. Cardinal-Legrand, Dr J.A. Lewis, Dr T. Leya, Dr L.B. Liddle, Dr S.C. Lindstrom, Dr G.M. Lokhorst, Dr R.M. McCourt, Dr R.L. Moe, Prof. Ø. Moestrup, Dr R. Nielsen, Dr R.E. Norris, Dr H. Nozaki, Prof. J.L. Olsen, Dr P.M. Pedersen, Dr A.F. Peters, Dr J.A. Philips, Dr H. Pizarro, Prof. H.R. Preisig, Dr C.M. Pueschel, Dr M. Puncochárová Dr K. Renzaglia, Dr O.L. Reymond, Dr C. Sancetta, Prof. B. Santelices, Dr C.W. Schneider, Dr R.B. Searles, Dr R.G. Sheath, Dr P.C. Silva, Dr G.R. South, Dr H. Stegenga, Dr M.J. Sullivan, Dr C. Tanner, Dr G. Tell, Dr Y. Thérézien, Dr J. Throndsen, Dr T.B. Widdowson, Prof. Wm. J. Woelkerling, and Dr E.M. Wollaston.

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