Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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80 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 7 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 8 3 Universities Partner to Release TreeSnap App—Helps Scientists Study Resilient Trees If you live in an area forested with American chestnuts, elms, ash, white oaks, or hemlocks, you can help scientists study what makes some trees susceptible to pests or diseases and others resilient. The TreeSnap app, developed by the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Kentucky, asks users to snap a picture of any of these trees in a forest and upload it to the app along with some basic information. The app logs the approximate location (to protect user's privacy, it randomizes the location within a 5 mile radius) so that scientists can locate the trees for future research projects. So far, more than 200 trees from across America have been documented through the app. Approximately 40 have been visited by scientists. The app does not yet identify the trees, so users must already know what kind of tree they are looking at. The app does provide key identification features for each species for reference. The universities partnered with the American Chestnut Foundation to study chestnut blight; the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station to study Dutch elm disease and the emerald ash borer; the Forest Health Research and Education Center to study white oak trees; and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative and Forest Restoration Alliance to study hemlock woolly adelgid. The project is partially funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program. TreeSnap is free and available to Android and iOS users nationwide. For more information and to download the app, visit treesnap.org . The University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Kentucky collaborated in the creation of TreeSnap, a free app for Android and iOS devices that allows people to log the locations of certain tree species that scientists can then study. CREDIT: TREESNAP

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