Pseudoseeds : investigating long-distance, ocean seed dispersal with wireless sensors
Smith, Ryan N. , Prentis, Peter, Langendoen, Koen, & Corke, Peter (2011) Pseudoseeds : investigating long-distance, ocean seed dispersal with wireless sensors. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2011), Workshop on Robotic Environmental Monitoring, 25-30 September 2011, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, California.
Recent theoretical research has shown that ocean currents and wind interact to disperse seeds over long distances among isolated landmasses. Dispersal of seeds among isolated oceanic islands, by birds, oceans and man, is a well-known phenomenon, and many widespread island plants have traits that facilitate this process. Crucially, however, there have been no mechanistic vector-based models of long-distance dispersal for seeds among isolated oceanic islands based on empirical data. Here, we propose a plan to develop seed analogues, or pseudoseeds, fitted with wireless sensor technology that will enable high-fidelity tracking as they disperse across the ocean. The pseudoseeds will be precisely designed to mimic actual seed buoyancy and morphology enabling realistic and accurate, vector-based dispersal models of ocean seed dispersal over vast geographic scales.
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