August 06, 2011

An all conkering app

If you have a smartphone you can now help scientists who are trying to halt the spread of the leaf miner moth, which is devastating horse chestnut trees across Britain.

The Conker Tree Science: Leaf Watch app now lets you identify, photograph and submit geo-located data to scientists at the universities of Bristol and Hull, who are hoping to understand the progress of the disease across tree populations and find ways to defend them from attack.

You can download the iPhone version here, and the Android version here. Both are free and simple to use, and a great example of 'citizen science' in action.