Navigation Links
Mobile app makes ID of harmful plants, insects in Texas a snap
Date:8/28/2014

A free mobile app called TX Invasives is now available from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin for identifying harmful non-native plant, insect and other invasive species statewide.

Invasive species in the United States cause about $137 billion in economic and other damage annually as they destroy agricultural crops, clog waterways, kill native plants and more.

"By having streamlined tools like the TX Invasives app for reporting where invasive species occur, we're more likely to catch these threats early and minimize the damage they cause to the environment, the economy and human health," said Damon Waitt, Wildflower Center senior botanist and an adviser for the National Invasive Species Council.

The TX Invasives app, funded by an $18,400 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife, provides a digital field guide for people to quickly and easily identify aggressive, invasive species and learn about their impacts. App users can also join more than 2,000 Texans who report invasive organisms statewide by undergoing online training or free workshops offered by the Wildflower Center.

"These volunteers provide a tremendous resource as extra eyes for covering the state's landscapes, whether they're just walking in their neighborhood or actively patrolling for invasives," said Justin Bush, the center's invasive species coordinator who leads the training workshops.

Texans with iPhone and Android platforms can download the app to access information and photos of 56 invasive plants, 25 insect species, 19 animals and four pathogens (disease-carrying organisms such as fungi and worms). The species of most concern are pulled from the TexasInvasives.org website, a one-stop shop about invasive species statewide, managed by the Wildflower Center. At the site, the 2,000-plus volunteers with the Invaders of Texas program log invasive species sightings. They now also have the app to aid in their efforts.

These citizen scientists have reported more than 17,000 invasive species observations since 2005. This information is used by state and other agencies to improve management decisions and respond rapidly to new invasive species threats. For instance, Invaders of Texas volunteers are monitoring the potential arrival of the emerald ash borer, an insect that recently reached Arkansas and has killed millions of ash trees in 24 states.

The TX Invasives app offers expanded features from a 2012 version that listed invasive plants. For instance, the new app can access a device's GPS signals for direct reporting of an invasive species' location.


'/>"/>

Contact: Barbra Rodriguez
brodriguez@wildflower.org
512-232-0105
University of Texas at Austin
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Make your mobile device live up to its true potential -- as a data collection tool
2. Introducing SentiBotics Mobile Robotics Development Kit from Neurotechnology
3. Smart Technology Consumers Interest in Mobile Payment Products Grows - Company Secures Deal with Major Airline to Display Advertisements in Flight for its Next Generation Smart Wallet
4. New mobile app provides faster, more accurate measurement of respiratory rate
5. Filter developed by VTT helps recover 80 percent of gold in mobile phone scrap
6. Uranium (IV) found to be mobile in a natural wetland
7. VaxTrac Announces Continued Support for Expansion of Biometric-based Mobile Vaccine Registry Programs in Benin
8. Biometric-Mobile Wallet Technology Takes Aims at a Target Market Of Nearly $1Billion Potential
9. NREL developed mobile app for alternative fueling station locations released
10. Verizon Advances Patient Care With Launch of Mobile Health Software Solution
11. ValidSoft and Spindle to Demo New Mobile Commerce Ecosystem at Money2020
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/13/2017)... 2017 Sandata Technologies, LLC, a leading ... industry, including Electronic Visit Verification™ (EVV™), announced today ... as Senior Vice President of Product Management. ... homecare experience to Sandata, where he will be ... align Sandata,s suite of solutions with the needs ...
(Date:1/12/2017)... -- New research undertaken by Fit Small Business has ... were simply asked which office technology had they not used ... issue.  Insights on what will be key features ... and industry leaders including Penelope Trunk , Martin ... Some of these findings included; ...
(Date:1/11/2017)... MOINES, Iowa , Jan. 11, 2017 ... industry first with the release of its patent-pending calibration ... quickly and reliably perform calibrations, securely upload data logs ... flexibility for the customer. "Fighting drunk driving ... only for the public at large, but also for ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... Calif. , Feb. 17, 2017  Protagonist ... detailing data on its oral peptide drug candidates, ... Congress of the European Crohn,s and Colitis Organization ... Barcelona, Spain from February ... posters detail preclinical data on Protagonist drug candidates ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... Calif. and GREENWICH, Conn. ... a private investment firm focused on venture growth ... the promotion of Josh Richardson , M.D. ... on investments in biotechnology companies.  He is a ... played important roles in Longitude,s investments in Aimmune ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 16, 2017   Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. ... company developing first-in-class biological therapies for cardiac and ... elected to terminate its license agreement with the ... including Cenderitide. "Our decision to return ... prioritize our efforts to advance our core cell ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... , Feb. 16, 2017  Dermata Therapeutics, ... products to treat a variety of dermatological diseases, ... Series 1a financing and entered into a $5 ...  Dermata intends to use the capital for general ... major advancements in the treatment of serious diseases ...
Breaking Biology Technology: