Biodiversity is declining steadily throughout the world [113]. The current rate of extinction is largely the result of direct and indirect human activities [95]. Building accurate knowledge of the identity and the geographic distribution of plants is essential for future biodiversity conservation [69]. Therefore, rapid and accurate plant identification is essential for effective study and management of biodiversity.

 --  Jana Wäldchen, Patrick Mäder



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  2. Abstract,Intelligent Computing Methodologies. ICIC 2017 In most of classic plant identification methods a dichotomous or multi-access key is used to compare characteristics of leaves. Some questions about if the analyzed leaves are lobed, unlobed, simple or compound need to be answered to...
  3. PROTA stands for Plant Resources of Tropical Africa . It is an international documentation programme on the useful plants of Tropical Africa. It synthesizes dispersed information, makes it readily available in various forms and stimulates its use for extension, education, research, development...
  4. 2017-01-20 Despite the significant impacts of alien plant species (IAS), there has not been a concerted effort to tackle the problem across the region. This can mainly be ascribed to a lack of policy, little awareness and limited capacity at a national and regional level. The UN Environment-Global...
  5. 2017-01-20 Both in Ethiopia and in the countries of East Africa, the continuing proliferation and spread of invasive alien species (IAS) is now recognized as a serious problem, which needs to be addressed. While this situation has improved dramatically over the past 10 years, further progress has been...
  6. Canopeo is a rapid and accurate green canopy cover measurement tool. Use this app to quantify the percent canopy cover of live green vegetation for any agricultural crop, turf, or grassland based on downward-facing photos taken with your mobile device.
  7. The potential natural vegetation (PNV) map of eastern and southern Africa covers the countries Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The first version of the map was developed by variouspartners in East Africa and Europein 2010 and has now reachedversion 2. The...
  8. The quickest and safest way to learn foraging is with a local expert. You not only learn what there is to know but do not spend time learning things you don’t need to know. Further, you also get the local angle on plants, important information that is usually not found in foraging books published...
  9. Welcome to worldcrops.org!This website was established to provide information on sustainable production and marketing practices for crops popular among the large and growing immigrant populations in the United States. Our emphasis is on crops that can be grown in the Northeastern U.S. since much...
  10. As information about agricultural biodiversity resources is gathered around the world, managing information so it is easily shared and accessed is vital for the conservation and use of these resources.
  11. The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, as an integral part of designs involving high species diversity and permaculture principles. Approaches such as woodland/forest gardening use a minimal input of resources and energy,...
  12. Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1400 worldwide livestock feeds. Feedipedia is a joint project ofINRA(Institut National de la Recherche...
  13. NOTE : This FAO DATABASE HAS BEEN OFFLINE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. IF IT IS REACTIVATED, WE WILL NOTE HERE. In addition to the ECHOcommunitySearch , you may find useful information in the links below: Feedipedia provides information on Animal Feed resources Another useful database is provided by Food...
  14. ll of us like to look at those pretty flowers blooming all around, especially during winter and spring. Remember that tree laden with yellow flowers, which hang like bunches of grapes? How often have you wondered:What's that flower?Nobody around you seems to know the answer. There was a time,...
  15. Abstract,Plant Methods, 2017 Automated species identification is a long term research subject. Contrary to flowers and fruits, leaves are available throughout most of the year. Offering margin and texture to characterize a species, they are the most studied organ for automated identification....
  16. PlantSnap is a mobile app that helps you identify plants, flowers, trees, cacti and mushrooms. Simply snap a photo of the plant, and PlantSnap tells you what it is! PlantSnap can currently recognize 90% of all known species of plants and trees, which covers most of the species you will encounter...
  17. 2013-06-06 Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns. Each family of related...
  18. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an international effort, led by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, to raise awareness and understanding of living nature by providing free, open, multilingual, digital access to trusted information on all known species. EOL can be...
  19. Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics Neotropikey is an international project based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, developing identification and information resources for the flowering plants of the Neotropical region (tropical South and Central...
  20. 1987-01-01 Tropical Plant Science meets a long-felt need for a comprehensive Botany textbook for tropical countries. The result of years of careful research, the book is based on African botanical material and is especially suitable for the student of Africa.
  21. 1957-01-01 Exotica is a comprehensive and contemporary pictorial record of ornamental plants introduced from far-flung tropical and warm-climate regions of the world. The object of this reference work is to acquaint friends of horticulture with the vast variety of interesting decorative plants which may be...
  22. This book includes a record of the astonishingly rich and diverse flora of cultived plants of the United States, Canada, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
  23. Some 3 billion people in the world live outside the cash economy in the world’s poorest nations. Food security and regular supply are their daily concerns. Chronic malnutrition is a leading cause of death and disease for them. Young children are amongst the most affected. One child every 5-10...
  24. The GRIN-Global project's mission is to provide a scalable version of the Germplasm Resource Information Network(GRIN)suitable for use by any interested genebank in the world. The GRIN-Global database platform has been and is being implemented at various genebanks around the world. For more...
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  26. The only global database of living plant, seed and tissue collections: Search 1,471,901 collection records, representing 583,717 taxa, at 1,154 contributing institutions Locate threatened, rare, medicinal and other plant species in living collections Connect with living collections to aid your...
  27. The database contains photographs of plants from West Africa in a broad geographical sense, mainly from the savanna regions. You can search for scientific or vernacular names (or parts thereof, no wildcard necessary) via free text (in: “What are you looking for”) You can browse through a...
  28. The database contains photographs of plants from East Africa in a broad geographical sense. You can search for scientific or vernacular names (or parts thereof, no wildcard necessary) via free text (in: “What are you looking for”) You can browse through a taxonomic hierarchy starting with family...
  29. This is a checklist of the Vascular Plants of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The original data was created by combining information the digitisedFlora d’Afrique Centralewith data from the African Plants Database, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families and from...
  30. Botanic Garden Meise is a centre of excellence for science and horticulture. We are responsible for safeguarding the heritage of the past and for providing a legacy for the future. Not only do we look after beautiful plant collections, but also historic buildings, one of the largest herbaria in...
  31. 1960-01-01 This book deals with the internal structure of extant seed plants. Angiosperms are emphasized, but the features of the vegetative parts of gymnosperms also are reviewed. For the angiosperms the anatomy of the flower, fruit, and seed is described in the concluding chapters.
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