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 citizen scientist ecology app
plantnet.org

Nov 15, 2019 2019-11-15

Mobile Learning

Image-Sharing App for Identifying Plant Species

Pl@ntNet allows users of iOS and Android devices to identify plants simply by photographing them with their smartphones. Pl@ntNet is also a citizen-science project: all the plants that users photograph are collected and analyzed by scientists around the world to better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and better preserve it. Scientists especially need Pl@ntNet’s users to inventory the wild plants in nature, including those that grow on the sidewalks of cities or in the middle of a vegetable garden. At present Pl@ntNet makes it possible to recognize about 20,000 species—a long way from the 360,000 species living on Earth, but Pl@ntNet is getting richer every day thanks to the contributions of users. Students’ observations may one day join the photo gallery illustrating the species in the application!

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