AI Helps Detect Watermelon Disease Quickly, Accurately (UF IFAS)

AI Helps Detect Watermelon Disease Quickly, Accurately

If you savor a juicy watermelon in the scorching summer heat, Florida farmers toil to meet your tastes. The Sunshine State leads the nation in watermelon production.

But, like all farmers, those who produce watermelons seek ways to control diseases, so they don’t lose all or part of their crops. The needs of growers drive Yiannis Ampatzidis to use artificial intelligence to detect pathogens early and accurately.

One such disease, downy mildew, spreads like wildfire, said Ampatzidis, a UF/IFAS associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering

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