Fact Sheet Fusion (v2.0.5.132) now available

Fact Sheet Fusion v2

A new update to Fact Sheet Fusion (v2.0.5.132) is now available (free to existing v2 licence holders).

This update includes:

New features and enhancements

  • The main forms (Main interface, Glossary manager, Media manger and Image viewer) now save and reload their position, size and layout between openings.
  • The Image Viewer now allows you to move between the images contained within the selected media category.
  • Added the selected media category to the Media manager title when selected.
  • Extended the CSV export/import to include additional image properties.
  • Updated the help.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug within the HTML editor where highlighted text, via a double click action, would not allow the text to be overwritten or deleted while highlighted.
  • Fixed an exception that occurred when deleting a media category due to a save action on a non-existant image.
  • Fixed a scrolling issue where the drag action ended outside the scope of a list box (entities, media categories). The scroll would continue within the list box, even when the drag and drop operation was abandoned.

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Lucid v3.6 Updated

Lucid v3.6

A new Lucid v3.6 update is now available. It adds additional features and corrects several minor bugs. Changes include:

Lucid JavaScript (Browser) Player

  • New auto unprune option.
  • Fixed bug preventing manual discard in the application player.

Lucid Builder

  • Major updates to numeric input dialog, and improvements to the process for entering numeric data.
  • Enhancements to the file export process, extension automatically appended based on export type, and changes to the way last paths are remembered.
  • Fixed bug saving natural language template, which prevented descriptions from being output.
  • Added menu option to recreate descriptions attached to the key if the template, structure or scoring has changed.

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Spotlight on a new Seed Identification website

Seed Identification Guide

A website (https://www.idseed.org/) has recently been launched by the International Seed Morphology Association to “promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, resource development, and research among those who are interested in seed morphology and seed identification”.

The site provides information on various resources, including a Seed Identification Guide currently consisting of Seed identification fact sheets for 127 species, a searchable image gallery, botany glossary, Lucid seed identification keys, links to two online keys. https://www.idseed.org/seedidguide/home.html).

The website also provides resources for authors who are interested in developing and publishing seed identification factsheets or images, including protocols, template and standard feature descriptions. See more at https://www.idseed.org/authors.html. We welcome authors and collaborators to enrich the resources and the Seed Identification Guide for end users.

Both seed keys are Lucid keys: one key is to 36 common plant families, where a family identification is needed for an unknown seed or fruit. The following feature descriptors are used: Seed shape, Colour, Surface features, Hilum-Attachment scar, Size (Length/Diameter range).

Lucid Seed identification key

https://www.idseed.org/seedidguide/keys/details/Use-the-Poaceae-key-if2.html

The other key is to the propagules or fruits of 102 biosecurity-relevant species of the daisy or sunflower family Asteraceae. It was produced by CSIRO scientist Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn at the Australian National Herbarium (CANB) in collaboration with and through funding from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

https://www.idseed.org/seedidguide/keys/details/Use-the-Fabaceae-key-if.html

Key to willow species and hybrids present in New Zealand

Key to willow species and hybrids present in New Zealand

This key is illustrated with more than 2000 images of willow species and hybrids that are either wild or in cultivation in New Zealand, and the features that are used to identify them. Most illustrations are of willow clones grown in the national willow collection in Palmerston North maintained by Plant and Food NZ.

The key is designed for those with some experience in plant identification, and some features will need at least a strong hand lens (10x or better) to see features such as stamen filament hairs. It will be of use to bee-keepers, farmers with an interest in growing willows as bee food, and conservation estate managers who need to identify willows in the wild.

Writing of this key was funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund, Trees for Bees NZ, the Willow and Poplar Trust, Plant and Food NZ, and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research.

Authors: Glenny D, Jones T.

Visit web key

Chikanda Orchid identification key

Chikanda Orchid identification key home screen

Chikanda is a local foodstuff from northern Zambia and surrounding countries. It is made from pounded groundnuts and the tubers of a number of orchid species. This identification app is targeted at non-botanists and involving the analysis of various features of the plant(s) and its habitat to help narrow down the choice of 63 species. As a result, it is not an exact key and will not necessarily narrow down the choices to the particular species but rather to a choice of a few of the most likely species.

Chikanda Orchid identification key Android Edition Chikanda Orchid identification key iOS Edition

Plants of South Eastern New South Wales – App and website

Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

A sister key to Plants and Fungi of South Western New South Wales (https://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/scotia/

This key is designed for anyone who has an interest in finding out about the plants of south eastern New South Wales. It includes about 2,900 species of plants accompanied by about 10,000 images. It includes Eucalypts, but not ferns, orchids, grasses, or most sedges or rushes. There are about 3,900 relevant species in the area covered by this key.

The key mostly uses easily seen characters and a minimum of technical terms to help with the identification of plants. It is not designed to key out to a single species, though sometimes it does. It is designed to narrow down the possibilities of what the plant might be to a limited number of species. Images may then help you decide what your plant is.

In most cases, the use of a hand lens or a low power microscope is not necessary for identification, except when counting the number of flowers/florets in a flower head, and deciding whether hairs on stems are stellate (multiple hairs arising from a point, looking like a star), branched, or simple. Identification needing the use of a high power microscope is beyond the scope of the key.

Plants of South Eastern New South Wales Lucid Key Server edition Plants of South Eastern New South Wales Android Edition Plants of South Eastern New South Wales iOS Edition

Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern – updated

Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern

An update of this interactive lucid key that assists in recognising families of targeted Lepidoptera of biosecurity concern using morphological characters of the adult.

Many existing keys to adult Lepidoptera lack good illustrations of the important characters and this key provides high quality photographs of all the characters used. Easily identifiable features that are visible on set specimens using a stereomicroscope have been chosen in an attempt to avoid where possible, the type of characters requiring manipulation or dissection of the specimen for example, wing venation, apodemes and genitalia.

Authors: Anderson SJ, Luo YY & Bellis GA (2017). Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity Concern. Interactive Lucid Key. Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The mobile application is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.

Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern Lucid Key Server edition Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern Android Edition Lepidopteran Families of Biosecurity concern iOS Edition

Insect Orders – Revised Edition

Insect Orders - Revised Edition splash screen Insect Orders - Revised Edition home screen

A key to Insect Orders, originally developed at The University of Queensland, has recently been revised by Prof Steve Marshall (University of Guelph, Ontario) and now deployed as an app on the latest, upgraded Lucid Mobile platform. It is available as an Android and iOS version for $ 1.99 from Google and iTunes.

The mobile application is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.


Insect Orders Android Edition Insect Orders iOS Edition

Spotlight PestNet Upgrade

PestNet

PestNet is an online service that provides pest and disease identification and management advice for the South Pacific and Asia. A PestNet team of moderators set up a Yahoo group platform in December 1999 to provide supervised email communication regarding pest, disease and other queries, often with photograph attachments. Other community members can respond to these requests, providing a possible identification or diagnosis. Currently, PestNet includes other regions and has over 1500 members.

Pacific Pests and PathogensThe Lucid team was initially involved with PestNet to provide technical support to improve the PestNet database. This led to support for the development of the Lucid Mobile app, Pacific Pests & Pathogens [Android] [iOS]that provides numerous Fact sheets on pests and diseases for most of the crops grown in the South Pacific region. There are currently 350 Full Fact Sheets, 350 Mini Fact sheets (summarised for farmers and growers) and another 50 being prepared for the next update of the Android and Apple versions of the app.

The latest collaboration between PestNet and Identic has been to upgrade the PestNet platform, taking advantage of recent software and hardware developments to achieve a more efficient and effective PestNet communication system. Identic has been sub-contracted to do the technical component of this work as part of a project managed by the University of Queensland and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The upgrade involves a data repository and two apps: one for desktop computers and the other for Android and Apple mobile devices.

PestNet Community web application

The screen shot above shows several filtered Identification requests, as viewed online by a PestNet moderator, showing “Delete”, “Approve” and “Edit” buttons. The last submission has been expanded, showing text and three images, which were automatically thumb-nailed during the submission process. The larger size is viewed by clicking on the thumbnail.

These two screen shots (below) show two request submissions as they appear when viewed in the new PestNet app.

PestNet Community mobile application screen one PestNet Community mobile application screen two

The online version of the new PestNet platform is operational, and can be accessed here. The Android and Apple apps will be released early next year.

As well as providing more effective and flexible support for the functions that PestNet has provided in the past, features of the new online core repository provide automated data processing functionality, including non-response alerts, the potential for incorporating pest alerts and pest reports, and providing links to distribution maps and translation services.

If you would like to join PestNet visit https://app.pestnet.org/