As a consequence, GRIN Taxonomy now provides nearly 30,000 taxon reports to users each day, serving as an effective and trusted conduit of information from the taxonomic world to the world at large. GRIN users comprise a broad range of scientists and non-scientists seeking authoritative information on economic plants, such as what they are called and why, what they are related to, where they grow, how they are used, what they look like, and where other information on them might be found. Numerous public or private agencies or organizations are regular consumers of GRIN Taxonomy data, both at the domestic and international level, comprising workers at universities, governmental agencies, professional societies, botanical gardens and arboreta, natural heritage programs, gene banks, and seed and biotech companies, among others. Examples of these include the International Seed Testing Association and the Association of Official Seed Analysts member laboratories, Bioversity International, the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the European Food Information Resource, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the USDA Animal and Health Inspection Service. Individual users include botanists, ecologists, entomologists, mycologists, anthropologists, professors, students, librarians, agronomists, horticulturalists, foresters, weed scientists, landscape architects, nurserymen, museum curators, technical writers & editors, herbalists, artists, gardeners, and farmers from many different countries. I personally answer several hundred user queries each year, seeking information on taxonomy, nomenclature, and many other plant-related items. A full appreciation of how GRIN Taxonomy is used has been gleaned, not from my own assessment, but from over 500 comments that have been received from users in the last several years, when their submission was actively encouraged on the website.
No discussion of my botanical activities would be complete without some mention of my major botanical interest, the water-lilies. My longstanding taxonomic involvement with this group has fueled a number of scientific collaborations, numerous field expeditions, and 30 years of water-lily species cultivation, from which material has been donated to the Denver and Berlin Botanic Gardens for long term conservation. Over this time I have served as a consultant to the International Waterlily Society (now International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society), to a number of water-lily hobbists, and more recently with Water Gardeners International. Some of this latter involvement is detailed on the web at