Innovative project will allow to recognize and count seeds of mussels

Innovative project will allow to recognize and count seeds of mussels

Researchers from the UdeC developed a project that aims to develop and evaluate an optical-digital prototype in order to identify and account for the mithylide seeds fixed in the collectors. The initiative was approved in the recent FONDEF Two Ideas-2015 competition.

In addition to the problem in catchments, there is the difficulty of visually recognizing the species to which the diversity of seeds that are fixed in the collector belong, considering its small size (<2 cm), similarity of color and shapes. This problem affects both the seed producer and the buyer, which creates differences in criteria that complicate the business plans of both types of producers.

In the face of this situation, an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the Laboratory of Miscroscopy and Optical Trapping of the Center of Optics and Photonics (CEFOP) and the Research and Development Group in Mitiliculture (ProMytilus-UdeC) of the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences, both of the University of Concepción (UdeC), developed a project that was approved in the recent FONDEF Two Ideas-2015 competition that aims to develop and evaluate an optical-digital prototype in order to identify and account for the seeds of mythyls fixed in the collectors in the seed centers.

As explained from the study house, the prototype consists of a standard stereomicroscope that will have a high-resolution multi-image capture system paired and will be analyzed by a digital interface with analytical options for the digital processing of captured information (shape, color, size) using software that will be designed for that purpose.

"The entire prototype will be operated from a notebook and provide qualitative (species) and quantitative information (sizes, size ranges, number of seeds per species) from statistically significant subsamples obtained from the sampled collector," they detailed from the UdeC, stating that the design, implementation and evaluation of this prototype is contemplated in the first year of the project, while field testing would be during the second year of work.

The group of researchers of the project "Optical-digital system for the recognition of species and number of seeds in the collectors of mitylides" (ID15I10601) is formed by Dr. Juan Pablo Staforelli; Dr. María José Gallardo and Dr. (c) Pablo Coelho, of the Center for Optics and Photonics (CEFOP); Dr. Carlos Saavedra, Scientific Director of CEFOP; and Dr. Eduardo Tarifeño and Víctor Guaquín, who is a marine biologist of the Research & Development Group in Mitiliculture (ProMytilus-UdeC) of the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences.

As interested entities, in the meantime, the Federation of Artisan Fishermen of Hualaihué and the mitilicultor Ernesto Olavarría Hernández participate.

Source:www.cefop.cl