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Title: An integrated system for producing user-specific keys on demand: an application to Italian lichens
Authors: Nascimbene, Juri
Martellos, Stefano
Nimis, Pier Luigi
Keywords: interactive keysbiomonitoringrestoration of monumentslichensidentification
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Juri Nascimbene, Stefano Martellos, Pier Luigi Nimis, An integrated system for producing user-specific keys on demand: an application to Italian lichens, in Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.): “Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. Proceedings of the International Congress, Paris, September 20-22, 2010”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 151-156.
The identification of lichens is important in several applied fields,
such as the biological monitoring of air pollution and the restoration of openair
stone monuments. This often creates relevant problems for non-specialists
and technicians which are in charge of routinely applying lichen monitoring
techniques. The coupling of a complex information system (ITALIC), together
with a new software which can automatically produce identification keys
for any subset of species included in a database (FRIDA), is an innovative
approach in the field of identifying biodiversity. ITALIC is able to produce a list
of species which potentially occur under a set of ecological and distributional
conditions specified by the user. The list is automatically transferred to FRIDA,
which generates a user-oriented interactive identification key limited to the
species present in the “virtual habitat” created by the user. The new system
has relevant applications, since it effectively supports the technical personnel
of Environmental Agencies, Nature Parks, Cultural Heritage Conservation
Agencies involved in lichen monitoring throughout the Country.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
Appears in Collections:Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems

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