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Machine Vision Wood Identification of Endangered Tropical Woods
Snapshot: Field identification of wood (screening) is the first step in a forensic workflow to combat illegal logging. Similarly, industries interested in proactively managing their supply chains to ensure only legally logged material also need access to such field screening expertise. Screenings are currently performed by people trained in wood anatomy, but the demand for trained exerts far outpaces availability. A reliable, consistent, and cost effective field screening method is necessary for effective global scale enforcement of international treaties and national laws governing timber trade and imports.
Top left: Khaya ivorensis. Top right: Cedrela odorata. Bottom left: Guarea grandifolia. Bottom right: Swietenia mahagoni. USDA Forest Service