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Worldwide identification of legume (Fabaceae) seeds using expert computer technology

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The Fabaceae or legume family has 686 genera and more than 17,600 species. Fruit data (157 characters) were collected for 669 genera, seed data (127 characters) for 655 genera and distributional data (six characters) for all genera. Our final data matrix had 105,033 items of fruit data, 83,185 items of seed data and 4,122 items of distributional data. Approximately 1,360 images were attached to the genera and 205 images to individual characters. The database in combination with the Intkey software program will facilitate: 1) identification of legume seeds and fruits to genus through interaction between users and the database on microcomputers with characteristics of the user's choice; and 2) retrieval of information concerning seeds, fruits and distribution of legume genera, adapted to the specific needs of each user. Users are introduced to the database and software and instructed in their use.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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  • Seed Science and Technology (SST) is one of the leading international journals featuring original papers and review articles on seed quality and physiology as related to seed production, harvest, processing, sampling, storage, distribution and testing. This widely recognised journal is designed to meet the needs of researchers, advisers and all those involved in the improvement and technical control of seed quality.
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