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The database can be used in one of two different ways, without or with registration. Registration, which must be approved by the Administrator, allows the user to add records and to edit fields within records in the database. So, if you register and want to edit records send an email to t.j.flowers@sussex.ac.uk requesting the change to a Registered User.


Users are presented with a screen that allows searching of the database in three different ways:

·             search (top right-hand corner of the screen) by any search word (e.g. plant name, place, chemical),

·             search by scientific name (genus and/or specific epithet) or under the,

·              ‘List Plants’ allows a search under various criteria.

   The 'Search' box (top right) provides information on all records and so includes updates and changes of name.

To search the database, for a particular species click on ‘Plant Database’ and choose ‘Search plant name’.

Plant names are those in The Plant List.  Data for synonyms are merged into the current name. However, if interested in a particular species it is worthwhile to check The Plant List for synonyms.

To search for a particular trait click on ‘List Plants’ and choose those criteria on which you wish to base your search (Family, Genus, Species, Plant type, Life form, Ecotypes, Maximum salinity, Germination, Salt glands, Photosynthetic pathway, Molecular data, Microbial interactions and mycorrhizal status. Bioremediation, Antioxidants, Secondary metabolites, Compatible solutes, Habitat, Economic Use, Distribution). Ifro

Boxes displayed as small squares contain bibliographic material made visible by a flyover with the mouse and are displayed under the References heading on a mouse click. A mouse click over a circle with a question mark displays information about the topic.

Where a search is made, the data can be exported to a delimited file that can be opened in Microsoft Excel.


The Stats heading, under the Plant Database tag, provides information on the number of species in the various families that contain halophytes.

Editing records

Records can be edited by Registered Users and new records added. Where this is done, records are only incorporated after approval by the administrator, although re-editing a record can be done prior to approval (by clicking a link in a coloured box towards the top of the record). All records are retained in tables and can be recalled. If you wish to edit records request the Administrator (Tim Flowers) to change your status from Regular to Registered User - see first paragraph.

The bibliography

In the original HALOPH database, records were supported by data from a bibliography. These supporting data, which did not relate to particular fields, are included in the ‘References’ field. It is an ongoing task to edit trait fields to provide supporting references.

The current bibliography is derived from the original HALOPH bibliography plus a personal bibliography generated over the last 30 years (an Endnote library generated by T J Flowers). The bibliography is supplemented by records imported (on a monthly basis) from a search of the Web of Science.

New references can be added by Registered Users and associated with edited fields or new records.

Searching the Bibliography

The bibliography can be searched using the References and List References tags. Clicking on the link details will bring up more information, including a reference and a link to the online source of the publication.



LEGAL NOTICES — This website is protected by Copyright © The University of Sussex, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. The eHALOPH database is protected by Database Right and Copyright © The University of Sussex and other contributors, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. This database is based on an earlier work by James Aronson.

Contact email: halophytes@sussex.ac.uk
Credits – Tim Flowers, Joaquim Santos, Moritz Jahns, Brian Warburton, Peter Reed