New ‘Ashtag’ app launches to curb spread of devastating disease

New ‘Ashtag’ app launches to curb spread of devastating disease
Experts at the University of East Anglia recently launched a new weapon in the fight against the deadly ash disease which threatens to wipe out 80 million UK trees, has seen ash imports to the UK suspended and large-scale tree felling tabled. But quick thinking environmental specialists at UEA’s Adapt Low Carbon Group have come up with a new smartphone app which will not only help monitor the spread of disease, but allow conservationists to target infected areas.

The free ‘Ashtag’ app will make it possible for anyone to take a photo of diseased leaves, shoots or bark and send it remotely to plant pathologists to identify whether or not the tree is infected. As well as collecting photographic evidence, the app also uses geo-tagging software to give a precise location of infected trees – allowing researchers and authorities to build up a picture of where the dieback is happening. This can then be used to target areas for culling to stop the spread of the disease.

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Seeds of Change | Bristol UK | Gitta Gschwendtner & Maria Thereza Alves

Seeds of Change | Bristol UK | Gitta Gschwendtner & Maria Thereza Alves

‘Seeds of Change’ is a floating garden; the result of a collaboration between the designer Gitta Gschwendtner and the artist Maria Thereza Alves. The title ‘Seeds of Change’ stems from an ongoing ballast seed garden project from Brazillian artist Maria Thereza Alves. Between 1680 and the early 1900’s ships’ ballast – earth, stones and gravel from trade boats from all over the world used to weigh down the vessel as it docked- was offloaded into the river at Bristol. This ballast contained the seeds of plants from wherever the ship had sailed.

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VIDEO | Michael Van Valkenburgh discusses Notre Dame Sculpture Park

Construction has begun on a new sculpture park on the southern edge of the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Situated in a wooded, 8-acre dell that lies between the Irish Green and the Compton Family Ice Arena, the new park is a project of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art and the office of the University Architect. It has been designed by the landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh who discusses in this short 5 minute video the overall design approach and plants used in the design.

VIDEO CREDIT | snite art museum

Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts & Ecology Centre | Maroochy Australia | Guymer Bailey Landscape

Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts & Ecology Centre | Maroochy Australia | Guymer Bailey Landscape

IMAGE CREDIT | Scott Burrows

Guymer Bailey has designed the landscape of the Maroochy Botanic Gardens Arts and Ecology Centre as both an educational experience and as a means for people to enjoy the natural features of the Botanic Gardens and surrounding bushland.

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VIDEO | Piet Oudolf


DutchDFA recently published a video profile of Piet Oudolf, a world renown landscape designer who has help create some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes including the High Line, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, Lurie Garden and many other landscapes. In this video Piet talks about his relationship with plants and designing with perennials and take us through his private garden and takes about the High Line. A short 5 minute video that gives insight into the mind of Piet Oudolf.

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