The goals of modern agriculture are obtaining high yields that meet the increasing nutritional requirements ofthe World population. This is extremely difficult for three kind of reasons: i) the lands dedicated to agriculturaluse are strongly reduced in industrialized Countries; ii) farmers prefer an homogeneous product, because it iseasier to manage, with consequent reduction of biodiversity, iii) globalization and climate change have led tothe introduction of new pathogens and pest in environments other than original ones, resulting in seriousproduction losses. The consequences of these problems, followed by not timely intervention leads toconditions that make not possible to obtain any kind of profit. In this work, we present an application systemfor remote plant diseases management. The system is based on the availability of a panel of expert plantpathologists that will be able to remotely diagnose diseases in plants, allowing the possibility of monitoringdistinct areas or farms at the same time. Three modules mainly compose this system: (i) the planthologyserver (ii) the planthology mobile application (ii) the planthology web application. The planthology serverrepresents the back-end core of all the Planthology system. The mobile application is designed for theagronomists involved in farm management. Each one of them will be able to provide a generic case study withthe observed symptoms, including from 1 to 5 geo-referenced photos of the case, adding also treatmentscarried out in the crops grown in the farmer. The web application is for the expert pathologists, and allowsthem to make diagnosis observing images and data provided to the system by the farms. The collected andvalidated case studies will feed a dynamic atlas of plant diseases that could contribute to the globaldissemination of knowledge of the symptoms inducted by plant diseases. The mobile and web applicationsexchange information in a bidirectional way: the user provides the case and the expert pathologists provide atherapy, and eventually requesting other kind of information.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Rivista||CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TRANSACTIONS|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2017|
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