When you buy a can of soda at a supermarket, the cashier swooshes the can over a machine called a scanner that identifies the item and how much it costs by reading the barcode on the can.
Now scientists want to apply the same concept to trees in a forest. By giving every tree a barcode, then identifying each one with a hand-held scanner, the scientists hope to make a list of every tree in that forest. That way, if the forest is then illegally cut down, it will be easier to track the trees . . . and the bad guys.
Even where illegal logging isn’t a problem, the scientists say that barcoding trees can insure that the forest is properly maintained.
Ever thought of a job as a tree barcoder?
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