A research company has successfully developed a scheme to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to detect citrus trees infected with HLB or citrus greening diseases.
Huanglong disease (HLB) is one of the most destructive diseases of citrus trees in the world, which is caused by uncultivated meristem restricted bacteria. It spreads from one tree to another through the Crown, eventually leading to the death of any infected tree. At present, there is no cure for it.
Citrus trees infected with this disease usually take about six months to two years to begin to show symptoms, thus causing a lot of irreparable losses. Unmanned aerial vehicles that use artificial intelligence to check tree symptoms can usually locate infected trees earlier than six months to two years.
AI programs are developed by providing images of infection trees to AI. After hundreds or even thousands of times, Ai now knows what to look. The more images you provide to AI, the more accurate it is to detect sick trees.
Researchers are currently creating an easy-to-use tool that will enable service providers to select the correct plant or crop algorithm, launch unmanned aerial vehicles and return results. It hopes to do this for all kinds of plants and crops, which will enable service providers and farmers to quickly and easily check whether there are any problems with their crops.