Flora Incognita


Nature conservation faces great challenges:

  • The need for high spatial and temporal resolution data on the state of nature is increasing, as is the need for effective management approaches.
  • The population’s knowledge of species is declining, which means there are fewer and fewer specialists to collect data on nature and landscapes.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and citizen science can be a building block to meet these challenges in the future: promising methods to support monitoring arise from semi- and fully automated data collection and analysis methods, for example via plant identification apps such as Flora Incognita, which has been developed as part of our project. 


Our goal is to simplify, accelerate and increasingly automate global biodiversity monitoring through automated species identification in citizen science projects. Our specifically developed AI technology for species identification provides large amounts of data for this, and targeted science communication additionally contributes to raising public awareness for the protection of biodiversity.

Needed equipment

- a smartphone

- the free app "Flora Incognita"

About funding

Funding bodies: Federal Ministry for the Environment Nature Conservation Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection Germany

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany

Thuringian Ministry for the Environment Energy and Nature Conservation

Created Jan. 5, 2023, 2:57 p.m.

Updated June 5, 2023, 12:14 p.m.

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