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Application will automatically identify native plants of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Spanish

The identification of the native flora of Costa Rica now has a new ally thanks to an application that will permit users to identify and know the characteristics of the plants of the country.

The Plants module of Costa Rica is a component of the Pl@ntNet application, that to the date did not include the possibility of identifying native plant species from Costa Rica, so thanks to the collaboration of TEC researchers and the contribution of images from the Organization of Tropical Studies (OET), Encyclopedia of Life, the engineer Nelson Zamora and other sources, Pl@ntNet is now able to identify 3,800 native species that grow in the country. The research carried out for about four years in the field of automatic learning (Machine Learning) and Automatic Identification of Plants has been led in the TEC by Dr. Erick Mata of the School of Computer Engineering.

This research team has worked for three years with researchers from the French Institute of Computer Science (INRIA) and the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), University of Montpellier, France, who originally developed Pl@ntNet for the French Mediterranean flora.