Monday, March 3, 2014

USDA APHIS ITP and UQ QBIT Announce the Release of iPhone Lucid Mobile Apps for Plant Protection

Sorry for the mass e-mail, but a number of FREE mobile phone apps have been released that are pertinent to Florida (see e-mail below).  The android versions were released last fall, and now the iOS version for Apple iPhones is available (delayed due to federal shut down last fall). 


For citrus, there is one for citrus identification, citrus pests, and citrus diseases.


For palms, there is one for palm identification, palm arthropod pests and palm symptoms of diseases, disorders and pests.  Identification is based on macro-characteristics (hand lens at most) and not microscopic characteristics.  The idea is to narrow the possibilities so you can make the best field diagnosis possible and then obtain samples if necessary.  Keep in mind that these keys are meant to be used throughout the Caribbean, mainland U.S. and Hawaii – i.e., they are not Florida specific.


Regarding the palm apps, we (and the USDA ITP team) would love to know if you find them useful as well as any suggestions to make them better.  As most of you know, Tim and I are not techies.  Ian Maguire, who now works for Aaron Palmateer, helped with development of the palm LUCID keys, and then Terrence Walters and his team have taken them to the next level.






Monica L. Elliott, Ph.D.

Professor of Plant Pathology

Acting Center Co-Director

University of Florida – IFAS

Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

3205 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale (Davie), FL 33314

Phone: 954.577.6315    E-mail:



From: Walters, Terrence W - APHIS []
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 8:15 AM
To: Walters, Terrence W - APHIS
Subject: USDA APHIS ITP and UQ QBIT Announce the Release of iPhone Lucid Mobile Apps for Plant Protection


ITP and QBIT Release iOS Lucid Mobile Apps

App developers: The University of Queensland QAAFI Biological Information Technology (QBIT) and USDA-APHIS Identification Technology Program (ITP)

App partners:  California Department of Food & Agriculture, Colorado State University, Delaware State University, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, North Carolina State University, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, University of Florida, and University of California

PH Quads initiative: the Lucid Mobile project is a 2013/2014 “Plant Health Quadrilaterals Initiative”


The USDA APHIS Identification Technology Program (ITP) team, in cooperation with The University of Queensland’s QAAFI Biological Information Technology (QBIT) team, is  pleased to announce the release of 10 Lucid Mobile apps for the Apple iPhone.

The iOS apps are available at no cost through the iTunes App Store (ITP iOS Lucid Mobile apps).

Ø  The Lucid Mobile apps were created from existing Lucid keys contained within ITP’s identification tools (

Ø  The 10 Lucid Mobile apps are also available for Android phones through the Google Play Store  (ITP Android Lucid Mobile apps)


Further details about Lucid Mobile and ITP’s Lucid Mobile apps are given in the attached document. A link for downloading a specific app onto your iPhone is provided on the second page of the attached document.


If you did not receive this email directly from Terrence Walters and you would like to be included in future ITP product announcement emails, please send a request to


Terrence Walters, USDA•APHIS•PPQ•S&T•FCL•ITP

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