Powered by Artificial Intelligence, smartphones can now ward off banana pests.
Due to diseases and pests, only 13 percent of the worldwide production is exchanged, and frequently, farmers in India experience severe loss because of fusarium wilt or Panama disease. A publication innovation aims to alter the fortunes of banana growers by helping them detect diseases and pests using their smartphone.
Artificial Intelligence is an emerging stadium in computer science in which machines have been programmed to mimic human intelligence and execute tasks like speech recognition, visual perception, language translation and decision-making. In this study, published in the journal Plant methods, the researchers suggest a pest detection system that identifies pests using pictures taken by telephone cameras.
Thereafter, with appropriate monitoring, strategies to curtail the disease could be followed. Conventional approaches to identifying the pest demand experts, who may not be accessible to small farmers in countries such as India. These farmers rely on their knowledge for managing pests in their farms. Here’s where a straightforward smartphone-based application can help to detect and diagnose banana pests, at first sight, say the investigators.
The developed AI-based program can diagnose five of the commonly-found banana diseases-Xanthomonas wilt, Fusarium wilt, Black sigatoka, Yellow sigatoka and bunchy top. It utilizes more than 12,000 pre-screened pictures of affected plants captured through cell phones, smartphones and tablets with varying light conditions, seasons and places. An AI-based algorithm is then used to train the machine to detect the insect using attributes present in these pre-screened images. When uploaded It’s comparable to how platforms like Facebook automatically recognises photos of you and your buddies. The study found that the AI-based banana insect discovery app was accurate about 90% of the time as it was tested in the field.
“In artificial intelligence, accuracy is based on how much the system is learning out of your data sets. The more data you have, the more precise the app will be. So, data sets and training can improve accuracy on plant features. We are also inventing new ways to differentiate closely related ailments” states Dr Selvaraj.
This app is simple to use. If farmers spot a symptom, they can take a photo of the plant or even the pest and click on the’Scan’ button on the app. Once the system processes the image, it shows the probability of the image depicting among the five diseases in real time. If the probability is very high, the farmers may click on the’Recommendations’ button to see what control measures they can take for certain insects and diseases. The pictures are also labeled with the specific geographic location.
It’s the adoption that drives the end results while technology will help resolve problems. The investigators of the analysis are now engaged in carrying this to their users-the farmers that were intended.
“We’re campaigning through our national partners to describe how to utilize it,” says Dr Selvaraj. “We are getting support with state partners to help us to disseminate technology and training to provide the regional farmers,” he signs off.
This guide has been conducted past the investigators, whose job is covered, to guarantee accuracy.