Researchers at Cornell University developed a method of protecting grape crops using robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).
Their robotic camera, called BlackBird, can scan grape leaf samples automatically for powdery mildew, a fungus known to attack wine and table grapes, costing growers billions of dollars annually.
The researchers then used AI to extract useful information from the microscopic images.
Cornell's Lance Cadle-Davidson said the "AI tools actually do a better job of explaining the genetics of these grapes than we can do sitting at a microscope for months at a time doing backbreaking work."
The researchers were awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, which will be used to provide BlackBird to ARS field offices performing similar high-throughput phenotyping work on other crops.
From Cornell Chronicle
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