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Published 30 January 2023

Farmers Can Track Plant Diseases Through AI

PlantVillage was created by David Hughes to help farmers across the world track and deal with blights and diseases in their plants through Artificial Intelligence (AI).

PlantVillage has reached over 60 countries and allows farmers to upload photos of the plants they suspect to be diseased. Through its AI technology, Nuru, it can detect and identify these blights, provide solutions, and notify nearby farms.

What impact will the changing climate have on the emergence and spread of novel plant diseases?

Are there opportunities for New Zealand researchers to provide surveillance systems? What expertise might we bring to bear using predictive analytics to identify potential impacts on cropping and the production of food?