SPIKEY: An interactive key to Triodia spinifex grasses of the Pilbara, Western Australia is an interactive identification tool covering all of the hummock grasses (the genus Triodia) colloquially known as ‘spinifex’ that occur in the Pilbara bioregion and adjacent areas of Western Australia. This key covers a total of 28 species and one hybrid, about one-quarter of the species in the genus Triodia, using 28 features. This is an important update; about half of the species treated are recently described, and are not covered by earlier synopses of Triodia. Triodia are the dominant plants and a major restoration target in arid zone hummock grasslands, an ecosystem covering 18% of Australia, and correct identification is critical to successful restoration and rehabilitation. This app is intended to be used by land managers, rehabilitation practitioners, botanical consultants, seed collectors, identification botanists and anyone curious about Triodia.
Authors: Matthew D. Barrett, Benjamin M. Anderson, Kevin R. Thiele
Mobile Apps available at:
Google Play Store and Apple iTunes
The main Landcare Research authors, David Glenny, Murray Dawson, and Kerry Ford (at the Allan Herbarium), have collaborated with other colleagues, including Trevor James (weed scientist at AgResearch) and Jeremy Rolfe (Department of Conservation), to develop the following keys:
|Key to flowering plant genera
||Native and naturalised genera (not cultivated-only)
||Similar to Environmental Weeds of Australia Lucid key – same architecture
||Native and naturalised species
||Plus many tag-names
||Wild or in cultivation
||Naturalised and weedy Asteraceae in the South Pacific region
- A Lucid CD-ROM key to Australasian liverwort and hornwort genera, created by David Glenny and Bill Malcolm and including 181 New Zealand and Australian genera.
- Two keys developed by two Teacher Fellows, hosted at Landcare Research:
- Native plants for schools and marae (61 taxa)
- Biodiversity assessment at Styx Mill Conservation Reserve (74 species of plants, birds, insects, etc.)
- Two free Lucid Mobile apps available on Google Store and iTunes:
- Coprosma: a genus of native New Zealand woody plants. The app was created to help identify plants during ecological survey work, but is also useful to students, researchers, and others in the New Zealand botanical community.
Identic was visited by two Chinese academics earlier this year. Emeritus Professor Cheng Jiaan, from Zhejiang Agricultural University, Hangzhou, PRC, is a world expert on rice pests and particularly the brown planthopper, that has been an increasing problem in Chinese rice crops. Prof Cheng is an advisor to a major project in China aimed at reducing pesticide use in rice in the next five years and part of his visit was to discuss the role that Lucid Mobile apps might play to achieve this result.
In April, Dr Zhongxian Lu from the Zhejiang Academy of Sciences visited. Dr Lu is the Coordinator of the National pesticide reduction project and we had further discussions with him about potential collaboration. Both visitors also visited colleagues at The University of Queensland to discuss these and other aspects of pest management.
In March Geoff Norton visited The Faculty of Agriculture at the Universiti Putra (UPM), Selangor, Malaysia to give a public lecture on the use of Lucid for facilitating the development of decision support tools. Following the lecture, Geoff had discussions with various UPM staff and then visited Dr Sivapragasam (Regional Director of the CABI – South East Asia office) and other CABI colleagues to discuss potential links on crop diagnostics.
AntKey, by Eli Sarnat and Andrew Suarez, (http://antkey.org) has been in high demand as an offline version, and will be released as a Lucid Mobile App around September 2017.
Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World (http://idtools.org/id/appw) is currently undergoing a major update, nearly doubling the number of taxa included. The significantly expanded new edition will be called Aquatic Plants of the World, and it will be available as a Lucid Mobile App towards the end of 2017. The authors of Edition 3 are Shaun Winterton, Julia Scher, Jamie Burnett, and Amanda Redford.
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is set to release Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity Concern, by Stacey Anderson and Glenn Bellis – An interactive Lucid key to assist in recognising families of targeted Lepidoptera of biosecurity concern using morphological characters of the adult.
This key is now available as a Lucid mobile app, via Goggle Play and Apple iTunes.
The mobile app edition of FunKey has now been updated, for existing users this update should become automatically available via your device update application.
Check the announcement forum for updates on this release
Both the USB edition and Lucid mobile App have been updated. The iOS edition of the App also contains several improvements to the interface.
For updates to the USB edition see: http://rainforests.net.au/updates/
The mobile App updates are available via the Google and Apple App stores.
A new update to Fact Sheet Fusion (v188.8.131.52) is now available (free to existing v2 licence holders).
This update adds improvements to the Import content (HTML, MS Word and Lucid keys) options, and several bug fixes and other improvements.
Click here for more information on this update.
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