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Title: The ORCHIS software used to identify 100 orchids species of Lao PDR
Authors: Bonnet, Pierre
Schuiteman, André
Svengsuksa, Boukhaykhone
Barthélémy, Daniel
Lamxay, Vichith
Lanorsavanh, Soulivahn
Chanthavongsa, Khamfa
Grard, Pierre
Keywords: orchidsLaosbiodiversity informaticstaxonomic databaseidentification tool
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Pierre Bonnet [et al.], The ORCHIS software used to identify 100 orchids species of Lao PDR, 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, p. 221.
The identification of plants, especially of orchids, is a
major obstacle to the regulation of their trade. Lao PDR recently
signed the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and is facing many difficulties in
its application at its borders, precisely because of lack of resources
and information about its flora. This is particularly marked in
Laos, where the pressures on the country’s natural resources are
particularly important because of the growth of this region. The
National Herbarium Netherlands, the National University of Laos, and
CIRAD have joined within the European project ORCHIS (http://www. to develop, test and disseminate original tools to
identify 100 orchids species in Laos. This identification tool, primarily
targeted for managers of protected areas and customs authorities of
the Country, is adapted to people with only a limited knowledge of
botany. The tool, based on the IDAO software developed by CIRAD,
enables the creation of a graphic sketch of the plant that is sought,
thus allowing to overcome the constraints of language and knowledge
of a specialized terminology.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-295-0
Appears in Collections:Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems

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