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Mobile App to help environmental conservation

PTI | Thiruvananthapuram |

The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K) has launched a mobile app to track and gather data on the geographical distribution of flora and fauna, aimed at helping scientists and students in the fields of research and conservation.

The biodiversity app, BIOTA, was developed by researchers at the C V Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics at IIITM-K, which has been set up for higher education and research in the area of Information Technology.

The launch version of the app: BIOTA 1.0 was released at the National Biodiversity Conference held here recently, according to a press release.

"IT applications have barely been used in ecological studies and we want to plug that gap with the introduction of BIOTA", said project head Dr Jaishankar R Nair.

The project takes technology to the common man for participatory research and conservation efforts. The app gives users the option to record phyto (plant) and zoo (animal) diversity from a database provided through mobile phone photos of a species. The exact location, date and time of the uploaded pictures will be verified and flagged up on Google Maps, he said.

The aim was to create a geographical distribution map of each species, which can be viewed using the app. The information can also be exchanged with the National Biodiversity Database and Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Nair said.