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Automating Insect Identification for Inventorying Costa Rican Biodiversity

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Main Project
Project leader:
Dr Ian Gauld
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Start date:
UK institutions:
NHM - Natural History Museum, Entomology
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Central America
Costa Rica

Project description

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To develop a computerised automated identification system for one group of common insects.


To develop an operational automatic identification system that will allow non-specialists to identify species of a target group of insects; to develop the skills necessary in Costa Rica to enable collaborators to use the software to create automatic identification systems for other organisms; to demonstrate a novel British developed technique for overcoming the taxonomic impediment to the implementation of Article 7 of the Biodiversity Convention; to provide a simple cost-effective method that will allow wide accessibility to diagnostic image-based specimens held in a UK collection.


Digital Automated Identification of Insects (DAISY) developed and installed at the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Natural History Museum, UK; 2 taxonomic monographs; 3 insect reference collections enhanced including new species; 3 scientific papers; 4 undergraduates trained; other training in preparation of wing slides; DAISY web site http://chasseur.usc.edu/pups/projects/daisy.html

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