China Visit

Geoff in discussion with Prof Cheng Jiaan – entomologist and recent Vice President of Zhejiang University

Geoff in discussion with Prof Cheng Jiaan – entomologist and recent Vice President of Zhejiang University

Geoff Norton visited Hangzhou, China in mid-November to give a series of lectures at Zhejiang University and at Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences to discuss a number of issues with Chinese colleagues, including:

  • Recent Lucid activities in China (see Spotlight article) and plans for future collaboration.
  • Discussing projects using the Lucid platform for developing tools to support the diagnosis of rice pest, disease and other disorders and to develop a complementary tool aimed at supporting decisions regarding the most appropriate “Green” cropping systems for specific rice farms.

Spotlight on China

Lucid keys have been and are being developed by local authors in over 176 countries. One country that has developed a number of Lucid keys in the past few years is China; Lucid is used in over 50 organisations and government departments. One standout Lucid key developer is Dr Xiaobin Zhang at the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province), who is providing support for the development of a range of Lucid keys on various agricultural topics within China.

Bamboo Pests Lucid App splash screenBamboo Pests Lucid App interface screen

One recent project that Dr Zhang has participated in involves collaboration with colleagues at Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University to develop a key for the identification of bamboo pests in China. This key has recently been released and is the first Lucid Mobile identification app that has been developed in China.

The free app is currently only available for Android smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded from Google Store.

Another, Lucid key that is available online has been developed by the Zhejiang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau to provide quarantine staff with support in identifying intercepted wood borers (Pissodes spp).

Wood Borers ChinaWood borer fact sheet China

Other Lucid keys developed in China include –

  • The Identification of pests of Camellia sinensis, the seeds of which are used to produce Tea Seed Oil
    [Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University]
  • An identification tool for small fly species within the Genus Homoneura.
    [Inner Mongolia Agricultural University]
  • A Lucid key for the identification of mosquitos of medical importance at points of entry
    [Zhejiang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau]
  • Identification of silkworm germplasm resources in China
    [Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences]

For further information about these Lucid keys or for details concerning the Chinese version of the Lucid Builder, please contact Dr Xiaobin Zhang:
Email: [email protected].
Mobile: 180-7280-8592

Nature Apps

Wildlife Australia Magazine Spring 2017 cover

The Lucid team recently published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine that focuses on Citizen Science. The article describes the increasing use of the Lucid Mobile platform for producing “Nature apps” to help identify rainforest plants, fungi, reptiles and insects. You can purchase a hard copy of the Spring 2017 in which this article appears from the Wildlife Australia website ( or a digital version from

Wildlife Australia Magazine swipe right article

Lucid Mobile technology leveraged to help save koalas in the South-East Queensland region


The Lucid mobile platform has a range of additional features and functionality beyond identification, such as the reporting facility mentioned above. Working with The University of Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council a new mobile app will be developed. The koala population in South East Queensland is declining at an alarming rate due to various threats like diseases and trauma from car strikes or dog attacks.

The app will help monitor and save koalas by contributing valuable research data and conservation information through the KoalaSAFE project. The KoalaSAFE project will establish a centralised observations database for koalas in South East Queensland. The app will allow citizen scientists and wildlife monitoring staff to report and upload incidental and systematic sightings of koalas. Analysis of the sightings data will allow the identification of temporal and spatial trends of risks for disease, injuries and mortality and quantification of habitat use by koalas.

Pestnet Community reporting app

The Lucid team has been busy this year working on a project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to develop a reporting system and mobile app for the international PestNet community. This will enable the PestNet community help those in the South Pacific and others throughout the world obtain rapid advice and information on plant protection, including quarantine. It will eventually replace the Yahoo email group which has been operating for well over a decade.

Pestnet app workflow

Tropical Forages – Frankfurt Workshop

Frankfurt Tropical Forages 2017 Workshop
Workshop participants

Work has recently begun on a major update of the Lucid based ‘Tropical Forages’ key. The original forage plant selection tool, funded by a number of international donor organisations, was created as the result of a collaborative effort by international forage specialists between 2000 and 2005, including CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (Qld), the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

In October this year, Matt Taylor travelled to Frankfurt, Germany to participate in a workshop, involving colleagues from CIAT, based in Columbia, and colleagues from Australia, who were the original CSIRO experts involved in the first release. Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), this major update will include an extensive review and revision of the content of the original Tropical Forages key and its improved deployment as a Java script browser key and as a Lucid Mobile app.

Canberra Lucid workshop

Lucid Canberra Workshop

A two-day Lucid training course was held in Canberra, on the 30th and 31st October 2017 for 19 participants. The course presenters were Matt Taylor and Kevin Thiele. They focused on Lucid v3.6, key construction, and the preparation of key media and materials, particularly involving the use of Fact Sheet Fusion. Deployment options were also covered, particularly the new Java Script (browser) player.

Future training workshops in Sydney and Melbourne for 2018 are being explored as well as a workshop for North America participants.

Canberra Lucid Workshop photo one
Canberra Lucid Workshop photo two

Lucid Updates

Lucid v3.6Lucid v3.6 Updated

A number of updates and bug fixes have been made of the last couple of months. Changes include:

Application Player and JavaScript Player

  • Fixed a bug in best feature where nested numerics were present.
  • Fixed a matching bug (related to above numeric best bug).

JavaScript Player Enhancements

  • Added feature/state selection by Builder assigned unique id or via a user assigned unique id.
  • Added filtering of entities by Builder assigned unique id or via a user assigned unique id.
  • Added selected features/states are shown expanded in selection windows.
  • Added state gallery thumbnail view option.
  • Improved image viewer with gallery thumbnail view option.
  • User interface updates and additional layout refinements.
  • Added ability to pass parameters via the URL in addition to the loading html page and local storage parameters.
  • Added Entity remaining and Entity discard tracking into the Local storage option.

Lucid Builder

  • Added additional export options for the Lucid Player.
  • Update thumbnails added, check media improved.
  • Updated installers to fix missing resources and updated platform support.
  • Several minor bug fixes (numeric input, score analyser, import media, etc).
  • Tutorial changed over to a PDF format.

Click here to download the latest update

Upcoming Lucid Keys and Apps

Wattle: Acacias of Australia is currently being upgraded and will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.

Snake Id mobile app. This new app is almost ready for release and is undergoing final testing.

Tomato, capsicum, chilli and eggplant: A field guide for the identification of insect pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in Australia and Cambodia by the NSW Department of Primary industries, will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.

Insect orders Lucid mobile app has undergone an upgrade, adding additional information and fact sheets.

New and updated Lucid Keys

Sugarcane white grubs Key to the white grub adults and larvae
Key to the Afrotropical Silky Lacewings Key to the Afrotropical Silky Lacewings (Insecta: Neuroptera: Psychopsidae)
Key to the weeds in imported bonsai plants in Europe Key to the weeds in imported bonsai plants in Europe
Key to the invasive terrestrial plants in Europe Key to the invasive terrestrial plants in Europe
Seeds of invasive plants Seeds of invasive plants
Seedlings of invasive plants Seedlings of invasive plants
An interactive key to the troglobitic invertebrates of Brazil An interactive key to the troglobitic invertebrates of Brazil
Pacific Pests and Pathogens v6 Pacific Pests and Pathogens Version 6
Another update to this popular app has been released. 50 more fact sheets have been added. Version 6 of the app now contains 350 fact sheets.


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