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Re: [APD] Aquatic Plant key availability (fwd)

A shortened version of this might be a good idea for the
next TAG, not jsut because it's good info but also because
we told folks we'd let them know when the database bacame


--- Erik Olson <erik at thekrib_com> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 12:56:31 -0700
> From: Shaun Winterton <SWinterton at cdfa_ca.gov>
> To: Crypts at bart_nl, tcbiii at earthlink_net,
> erik at thekrib_com
> Subject: Aquatic Plant key availability
> To those with a wider interest in aquatic plants,
> I am pleased to announce that the interactive
> identification key to "Aquarium and Pond Plants of the
> World" is completed and now available. This key was
> demonstrated by myself at the Dallas-FW AGA meeting last
> year. This is a USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection
> Service (APHIS) project to develop a rapid and more
> accurate means of identifying aquarium plants in
> shipments entering the United States. While designed for
> that task, the key is also very useful to quarantine
> people, aquatic botanists, aquatic plant nurseries,
> wholesalers and amateur aquatic plant hobbyists all over
> the world. 
> The key is developed in Lucid format, so it requires the
> preinstallation of Lucid player from the website
> (www.lucidcentral.org). It is an interactive key
> available on CD or online, and uses a wealth of character
> state images to enable the user to simply match the
> picture that looks like the unidentified plant in front
> of them. The key covers over 125 genera of aquatic
> plants, mosses, ferns, etc. that are commonly (and
> uncommonly) sold in the aquarium and pond plant trades
> worldwide. It includes detailed fact sheets along with
> image galleries of various species in each genus,
> including emersed and submersed growth forms and flowers.
> Go to the link below for more details, including links to
> the Lucidcentral website to do a number of things such
> as:
> 1. Purchase a copy of the Lucid player [actually
> relatively inexpensive] or download a demostration
> version (with some of the fancy buttons disabled, but it
> still runs the key fine).
> 2. Get contact details for USDA-APHIS to get a CD copy of
> the key (with large format images, etc.)
> 3. or, run the online version of the key which is served
> on the Lucid central website. This option has
> web-optimised images [lower quality] but runs fine,
> especially if you have high-speed internet access.
> Link to information website:
> There are a large number of people that helped me during
> development of this key, make sure you check out the
> Acknowledgements page to see who they were, including
> links to their websites. You will recognise many of them.
> Please feel free to forward this email announcement to
> other lists or to aquatic plant people that you think may
> be interested.
> Cheers,
> Shaun Winterton..
> Shaun L. Winterton, PhD
> Plant Pest Diagnostics
> California Department of Food & Agriculture
> 3294 Meadowview Rd.
> Sacramento, CA 95832, USA
> phone: (916) 262 1149
> email: swinterton at cdfa_ca.gov 
> or WintertonShaun at netscape_net
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