Flora Incognita

Flora Incognita

Dr. Jana Waeldchen

Interactive identification of plant species with mobile devices

Mission

We develop methods and technologies that enable efficient, rapid and automated monitoring of biodiversity in different habitats and landscapes in order to track the development of ecosystems, species communities and populations and to analyze causes of changes.

Team

Name
Phone
Fax
Room
Jana Wäldchen
Group Leader
  • +49 3677 69-4849
C3.005
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Alice Fritz (née Deggelmann)
  • +49 3641 57-6222
  • +49 7172 9329311
C3.005
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Ladislav Hodac
PostDoc
C3.005
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Negin Katal
Doctoral Researcher
  • +49 3641 57-6213
C3.005
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Talie Musavi
C3.005
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Michael Rzanny
PostDoc
  • +49 3641 57-6222
C3.005
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Ulrich Weber
Scientific Data Manager
  • +49 3641 - 576285
C1.010
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Thesis offers

If you´re interested in writing your thesis within a project of our group, please contact Jana Waeldchen

Current Projects

In order to make change/loss of biodiversity visible, species knowledge is key - not only among experts, but for anyone. The research group "Flora Incognita" developed a mobile app that leverages modern computer vision techniques such as deep neural networks with a "connected data" approach, using site information (e.g. climate, geology, phenology) and plant morphological traits for semi-automatic species identification. The collected data are used to answer questions of plant species monitoring and phenology. The app is available for iOS and in the Google Play Store. more
  

Key Papers

Journal Article (16)

1.
Journal Article
Kevin Karbstein, Salvatore Tomasello, Ladislav Hodac, Natascha Wagner, Pia Marinček, Birthe Hilkka Barke, Claudia Paetzold, and Elvira Hörandl, "Untying Gordian knots: unraveling reticulate polyploid plant evolution by genomic data using the large Ranunculus auricomus species complex," New Phytologist 235 (5), 2081-2098 (2022).
2.
Journal Article
Negin Katal, Michael Rzanny, Patrick Mäder, and Jana Wäldchen, "Deep learning in plant phenological research: A systematic literature review," Frontiers in Plant Science 13, 805738 (2022).
3.
Journal Article
Bernhard Schmid, Martin Schmitz, Michael Rzanny, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Peter N. Mwangi, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Andrew Hector, Roland Schmid, and Dan F. B. Flynn, "Removing subordinate species in a biodiversity experiment to mimic observational field studies," Grassland Research 1 (1), 53-62 (2022).
4.
Journal Article
Michael Rzanny, Hans Christian Wittich, Patrick Mäder, Alice Deggelmann, David Boho, and Jana Wäldchen, "Image-based automated recognition of 31 Poaceae species: The most relevant perspectives," Frontiers in Plant Science 12, 804140 (2022).
5.
Journal Article
Patrick Mäder, David Boho, Michael Rzanny, Marco Seeland, Hans Christian Wittich, Alice Deggelmann, and Jana Wäldchen, "The Flora Incognita app – interactive plant species identfication," Methods in Ecology and Evolution 12 (7), 1335-1342 (2021).
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