Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:15
Hey everyone thanks for responding,
Edd - As it stands there are multiple drives to barcode plants. A great example is that of Wales who have already covered their native flowering plants for the 'Barcode Of Life Database'. For more check out the link: http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/science/barcode-wales/.
In theory, the data collected would feed to a National Geographic community platform, possibly with a prompt to record a bit more information about the unidentified plant (maybe a photograph, physical characteristics etc). Bringing the unknown species to the attention to the community armed with this data to better determine its species. This gives the possibility for that species' digital print to be 'tagged' with the name of the person who first discovered it in their area as an encouragement for people to go out and explore for more 'unusual' types.
landgirl100 - I think thats a great point and there lies a main tipping point for the project focus. To design for the serious user already with interests in botany and try to make it as accessible as possible to general users. Or instead to come from the other direction and take a softer approach aimed at people en masse to encourage them to engage more with plants and make botany/horticulture and even gardening in general more accessible to a wider audience?
(For example, theoretically the use of a particular type of raman spectronomy rather than the DNA barcode technology in this device would allow the water/nutrient content of a plant to be determined and compared against normal 'healthy' levels, opening the door for people with less experience to successfully care for a wider range of plants).