Mobile monitoring of crop disease

Cassava is the world’s third largest source of carbohydrate, and can grow in hostile conditions where other crops cannot, but has one major weakness: susceptiblity to viral disease. Monitoring the spread of disease is essential in countries which depend on it as a staple crop, but the processes currently employed are expensive and slow. We are working on an automated system using $100 smartphones to capture images, diagnose disease with computer vision techniques and provide real time map information, as well as extensions into banana diseases and automated pest survey.

For more information about this project, see blog updates and our project website.

Work supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.