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Close international collaboration on the research, writing, review, and editing is the hallmark of the production of the Flora. Chinese authors work together with their non-Chinese colleagues from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and other European countries, Japan, Australia, and Russia. The resulting draft is then reviewed by Chinese botanists, the Flora of China Editorial Committee, family specialists from around the world, and advisors on the floras of regions neighboring China to produce the best possible treatments.
The project has seven non-Chinese centers at Harvard University Herbaria, the California Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Scotland), the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris), and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the organizational and coordination center of the project. The four Chinese centers are the Institute of Botany (Beijing), the Kunming Institute of Botany, the Jiangsu Institute of Botany (Nanjing), and the South China Botanical Garden (Guangzhou). More than 600 scientists from throughout the world are cooperating in the preparation of individual treatments of the Flora.
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