In early November, Geoff Norton gave two seminars on Lucid based digital tools. The first seminar, at the Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (www.qia.go.kr), focussed on the increasing use of Lucid based tools in quarantine, including examples from the USA and Europe.
The second seminar – involving staff and post-graduate students at Chungbuk National University (www.cbnu.edu/eng/) – was more concerned with the general role that Lucid based tools are playing in more general agricultural support.
Given that taxonomic and crop diagnostic expertise has seen an almost universal decline in recent years, the seminar provided examples of how identification and crop diagnostic apps have been developed and used to provide systematic help and information to support quarantine and plant protection decisions. For more information – contact Geoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bunching vegetables by the Department of Primary Industry NSW. (Lucid Mobile)
- Sheep Parasites by the University of Melbourne. (Lucid Mobile)
- Edible wild orchids of Zambia by KEW Gardens. (Lucid Mobile)
- Spider Mites of Australia, Queensland Museum. (Web key)
- Wilding conifer of New Zealand, Landcare Research, New Zealand. (Lucid Mobile)
- Adult Frogs and tadpoles, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil. (Lucid Mobile)
More information will be available on these key once released.
Wattle: Acacias of Australia
This new app covering 1,270 species of Acacia and three other related genera, was released on Wattle Day (1st September); wattle (or specifically the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.) is Australia’s National floral emblem.
The identification and naming of wattles was greatly simplified in 2001 with the publication on CD of an electronic (Lucid) identification key called WATTLE; subsequently updated, this key was made available on the web in 2014. Now available as an app, it is the culmination of many years’ research by a team of Australian botanists, headed by Bruce Maslin.
This Wattle app contains copious feature state drawings and notes and fact sheets, including over 8,000 images of wattles displayed in an updated Lucid Mobile Fact Sheet design. Released on Wattle Day (1st September), a Media Release provides further information about this app and links to download sites – http://identic.com.au/blog/wattle-acacias-of-australia-media-release/
Camellia oleifera (Theaceae) is important woody oil crop. With the increasing intensive planting of the crop, pests and diseases are becoming more serious. This key is a flexible and effective tool serving farmers and technicians to identify the 22 species of the main insect pests of C. oleifera. This key was produced by Zhejiang agriculture and forestry university
Available for Android only