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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This Week in Landscape | 19 February 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web

Marriott Green Roof | Victoria Canada | Flickr User: pnwra

Ecosystems and Economics – How green roofs can improve our cities | Charlotte Sankey | The Big City
The question is, will conservationists and natural capitalists spot the opportunity retrofits present to bring our built environment into harmony with valuable ecosystems?

How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses | Skibsted Ideation | Co.Design
The only way to get consumers to choose cheaper, more efficient transportation is to make it the cool option

An Early Eco-City Faces the Future | Michael Tortorello | post gazette
For decades now, visitors have asked what it would take to finish Arcosanti. Maybe it’s time for a different question. Why doesn’t everyone choose to live this way?

Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies | LAGI 
As a part of the Land Art Generator Initiative, has put together this free Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies that we hope can be a useful resource for all designers, homeowners, urban planners, students, artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in a clean energy future.

A Book that aims to bring the farm to the city | Carolyn Ireland | Globe & Mail
Carolyn reviews the book Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture By Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr.

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