Candide Cuttings: Plant ID, Tree Samples and Millennials in the Garden

Published on February 27th 2019

Candide Releases Plant ID

Candide Gardening has just launched its latest high-tech feature, Plant ID.
The plant identification tool will allow users to get a genus level identification of any plant with a single picture.
Candide engages people from all generations to start their journey in gardening. The new plant ID feature will sit alongside some of the other great Candide features, such as the community-driven knowledge base, audio tours of the best gardens in the country and the latest news from the horticultural world.
Plant ID has been developed with the latest artificial intelligence techniques, resulting in a system which continues to improve with use. If users want more information about any plant identified with Plant ID, they can ask a question to the app’s community.
Using the feature is extremely easy; you can identify plants by simply taking a picture of the plant using the in-app camera.
You can try the feature today by tapping the ‘Knowledge’ tab.

Sampling Trees

A partnership between Kew Gardens and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is using DNA technology to cut down on illegal logging.
Every year the illicit trade of wood costs between £23 million and £76 million. FSC is a global forest management not-for-profit dedicated to promoting environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.
They have been using a technology which allows them to be able to determine the species and origin of timber using only a small piece of the wood.
Michael Marus, Chief Knowledge Officer at the Forest Stewardship Council, said: “Being able to work with the leading forensic labs such as The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the US Forest Service Forest Products Lab and Agroisolab is a unique opportunity to develop a library of geo-referenced wood samples that will be made available to qualified labs across the world.”
“This will allow enforcement agencies and responsible corporations to use these new scientific techniques to rid supply chains of illegal wood, and will go a long way towards fulfilling FSC’s mission to promote responsible forest management. It will be critical for combating illegal logging and addressing climate change.”

Young adults want to grow with ease

Research by the Common Sense Gardening initiative found that people between the ages of 22 and 37 would like to see products on the market which make gardening easier and less time consuming.
They surveyed over 1,000 millennials, asking about gardening habits and preferences. People who responded were already engaged in gardening.
The study found that:
  • 81% of millennial gardeners grow produce to cook with. They typically grow tomatoes, strawberries, carrots and potatoes.
  • 60% garden in their very limited spare time as a hobby, and to improve their wellbeing.
  • 53% said they grow their produce as a cheaper alternative to buying from the shops.
  • 45%, ever conscious of their wellbeing, grow their own food for health reasons.
“With the increase in millennial gardeners, it is not surprising that the latest Gardening Trends Report last year stated that the overall UK garden market is now worth over £5bn annually. If we want the market to continue to grow, the entire industry needs to make sure that we help millennials to garden how they want, and that they keep gardening,” said Gary Philpotts, chairman of the Common Sense Gardening initiative.
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