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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.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 44103
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: long-distance dispersal, seed transport, wireless sensor network, ocean modelling
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > OCEANOGRAPHY (040500) > Physical Oceanography (040503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (060300) > Plant Systematics and Taxonomy (060310)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > PLANT BIOLOGY (060700) > Plant Biology not elsewhere classified (060799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MARITIME ENGINEERING (091100) > Special Vehicles (091106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500) > Computer Communications Networks (100503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500) > Wireless Communications (100510)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [Please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2011 11:09
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2011 05:59

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