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Plant species identification using digital morphometrics: A review

Cope, JS, Remagnino, P, Corney, D, Clark, JY and Wilkin, P (2012) Plant species identification using digital morphometrics: A review Expert Systems with Applications, 39 (8). pp. 7562-7573.

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Plants are of fundamental importance to life on Earth. The shapes of leaves, petals and whole plants are of great significance to plant science, as they can help to distinguish between different species, to measure plant health, and even to model climate change. The growing interest in biodiversity and the increasing availability of digital images combine to make this topic timely. The global shortage of expert taxonomists further increases the demand for software tools that can recognize and characterize plants from images. A robust automated species identification system would allow people with only limited botanical training and expertise to carry out valuable field work. We review the main computational, morphometric and image processing methods that have been used in recent years to analyze images of plants, introducing readers to relevant botanical concepts along the way. We discuss the measurement of leaf outlines, flower shape, vein structures and leaf textures, and describe a wide range of analytical methods in use. We also discuss a number of systems that apply this research, including prototypes of hand-held digital field guides and various robotic systems used in agriculture. We conclude with a discussion of ongoing work and outstanding problems in the area. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
Cope, JS
Remagnino, P
Corney, D
Clark, JY
Wilkin, P
Date : 15 June 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.eswa.2012.01.073
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:09
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:51

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