A team of scientists from Kew Botanical Garden, in the English town of Richmond (near London), used artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the risk of extinction of all existing species of flowering plants. According to the study published Tuesday in the journal ‘New Phytologist’, experts created a predictive model to analyze the total of 328,565 known specimens of this type.

While the risk of extinction for 53,000 of them was already known, artificial intelligence now makes it possible to estimate when a specific plant species will disappear, with a level of confidence for each prediction. Thus, researchers They aim to make plant conservation “more accessible and attractive” among the general public and thus increase awareness and actions in favor of the protection of biodiversity.

From this Tuesday, to access the research content, simply write the scientific name of the plant on the ‘Kew’s Plants of the World Online’ website, where data on their risk of extinction will be included, according to the information. Expert Steven Bachman, author of the study and head of research at the Botanical Center’s Conservation Assessment and Analysis Team, expressed hope that the results will encourage “commitment” to protecting threatened species.

“Our results can help scientists prioritize and accelerate extinction assessments for plants that we have identified as potentially endangered, but which have not been formally analyzed,” he said. In a previous version of the study, its authors already identified that almost half of all flowering plant species in the world — 45% — are in danger.

For Eimear Nic Lughadha, research manager in Bachman’s team and also author of the study, knowledge is essential to protecting biodiversity. “An assessment can literally change the fate of a plantbecause when the risk of its extinction is known, its conservation can be a priority,” he said.

By wbu4c

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