|Authors: ||J.H.JR. Kirkbride, C.R. Gunn, M.J. Dallwitz|
|Keywords: ||expert system, knowledge base, DELTA format, Intkey, data querying|
The legume (or Fabaceae) family has 686 genera and more than 17 600 species.
Fruit data (157 characters) were collected for 669 genera, seed data (127 characters) for 655 genera and distributional data (six characters) for all genera.
Our final data matrix had 105 033 items of fruit data, 83 185 items of seed data, and 4122 items of distributional data.
Approximately 1360 images were attached to the genera, and 205 images to individual characters.
The knowledge base in combination with the Intkey software program on microcomputers can be used for: 1) identification of legume seeds and fruits to genus through interaction between users and the knowledge base with characteristics of the userís choice; and 2) retrieval of information concerning seeds, fruits, and distribution of legume genera, adapted to the specific needs of each user.
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