In one of our recent posts we introduced a project with African scientists under the lead of professor Alex Wiedenhoeft from the Center of Wood Anatomy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison using the new wood ID technology Xylotron. According to Wiedenhoeft, it is “basically a really fancy USB microscope”: The Xylotron has a scientific camera, a scientific lens and a customer ray of LEDs to illuminate the specimen.
However, the devise developed by Alex Wiedenhoeft and John Hermanson on the initiative of the US Forest Service cannot be used for a forensic level identification. It was more designed for example for people working in border protection, for a field level identification complementing human expertise. More information you can figure out by watching the video below.