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Deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) and transfer learning are being applied to just-in-time crop disease detection, through a smartphone tool that scans banana plants for signs of disease and pests. The tool is built into an app called Tumaini, which means “hope” in Swahili.
Tumaini aims to link the farmer with extension workers who can help to stem an outbreak quickly. It can upload data to a global system for large-scale monitoring and control. The app’s goal is to facilitate a robust, easily deployable response to support banana farmers in need of crop disease control. Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Biodiversity International, the Imayam Institute of Agriculture…READ MORE