Pl@ntWood: A computer-assisted identification tool for 110 species of Amazon trees based on wood anatomy

Sarmiento Carolina, Heinz Christine, Détienne Pierre, Bonnet Pierre. 2009. Pl@ntWood: A computer-assisted identification tool for 110 species of Amazon trees based on wood anatomy. In : Proceedings of TDWG 2009 Annual Conference, Montpellier, France, 9-13 november 2009. ed. by Anna L. Weitzman. Montpellier : Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), Résumé, 1 p. TDWG 2009 Annual Conference, Montpellier, France, 9 November 2009/13 November 2009.

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Abstract : World interest in conservation of tropical forests has increased due to elevated rates of deforestation and climate change issues. Tropical forests are threatened by extensive agriculture and timber trade among other factors; thus, sustainable management and conservation of tropical tree species require reliable and user accessible identification tools. Although wood anatomical features provide a considerable amount of information, only a handful of experts are able to use it for plant species identification. Here, we propose an interactive tool, based on vector graphics, illustrating 96 states of 22 wood anatomical characters from 110 Amazonian tree species belonging to 34 families. Pl@ntWood is a graphical identification tool based on the IDAO (Identification des plantes Assistée par Ordinateur) system, a multimedia approach to plant identification. This system allows non-specialists to identify plants in a user-friendly interface while stimulating self-training in wood anatomy of tropical species. (Texte intégral)

Classification Agris : F70 - Plant taxonomy and geography
U10 - Computer science, mathematics and statistics
C30 - Documentation and information
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Sarmiento Carolina
  • Heinz Christine
  • Détienne Pierre, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Bois tropicaux (FRA)
  • Bonnet Pierre, UM2 (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-2828-4389

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