How can we identify plants?
Plants are essential for many aspects of our daily lives as they provide food, medicines, and construction materials. However, plants can also cause harm, think of poisonous plants, pollen allergies, adulterants in herbal medicines, or invasive species. Correct identification of plants is therefore crucial but unfortunately this is often problematic. Plant.ID will address this issue by developing state-of-the-art molecular solutions for a simplified way of identifying plants.
- Mehrdad publishes a new paper on the description and evolution of the ebony wood genus Diospyros Sep. 20, 2020
Plant.ID at Botany 2020
Aug. 3, 2020
Yannick Woudstra and Anne-Sophie Quatela both gave presentations this year at Botany 2020. Anne-Sophie gave a presentation on the results from her pilot study on targeted long read sequencing using herbarium specimens, and Yannick gave a presentation on his first batch of phylogenomic data for the aloes, including a preliminary phylogeny of approximately 200 taxa that show it is possible to obtain reasonable separation between closely related aloes. Both Yannick and Anne-Sophie received interesting questions and compliments. Many congratulations to the both of them!
Congrats to Mari for her successful MSc defense!
June 3, 2020
Today, Mari Elizabeth Engelstad, the MSc student of María, successfully defended her MSc thesis, " Determining nature types in Norway by soil eDNA metabarcoding". So many congrats to a job well done!
Image Recognition for Improved Pollen Identifications
Polling M., 2020. Image Recognition for Improved Pollen Identifications. Virtual Presentation. Part of AI4BIO hosted at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. 02 November 2020.
Description and evolution of wood anatomical characters in the ebony wood genus Diospyros and its close relatives (Ebenaceae): a first step towards combatting illegal logging
Mehrdad Jahanbanifard, Vicky Beckers, Gerald Koch, Hans Beeckman, Barbara Gravendeel, Fons Verbeek, Pieter Baas, Carlijn Priester, and Frederic Lens 2020. Description and evolution of wood anatomical characters in the ebony wood genus Diospyros and its close relatives (Ebenaceae): a first step towards combatting illegal logging. IAWA Journal 0 (0), 2020: 1–43
Computer-assisted timber identification based on features extracted from microscopic wood sections
Frederic Lens, Chao Liang, Yuanhao Guo, Xiaoqin Tang, Mehrdad Jahanbanifard, Flavio Soares Correa da Silva, Gregorio Ceccantini, Fons J. Verbeek, 2020. Computer-assisted timber identification based on features extracted from microscopic wood sections. IAWA Journal: 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1163/22941932-bja10029