PlantVillage is an open access library on crop health.
PlantVillage is a user moderated Q&A forum dedicated to the goal of helping people grow their own food. It is an open resource that helps farmers solve plant-related questions.
PlantVillage will offer the Nuru app, a digital assistant to help farmers diagnose crop disease in the field, without an internet connection.
There is no specific target region. Users come from regions all over the world including Sub Saharan Africa, India, United States.
PlantVillage is a non-profit project and a collaboration between Penn State University and EPFL.
PlantVillage’s services are free to use
SDG 2: Zero hunger
Farmers, gardeners, and researchers – anyone involved with growing plants
Open source – Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
PlantVillage has seen over 3 million unique users since launch in 2013.Interview with representative
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PlantVillage offers agricultural advice through multiple platforms on their website. Users can upload questions and pictures directly to the forum section of their website, where other users can then respond. Additionally, PlantVillage offers a plant database of nearly 200 plants with information on physical characteristics, maintenance needed, and harvesting tips. Lastly, users can create plant journals which help them track progress over the plant’s life, as well as allowing them to identify when certain problems arose.
Support is provided directly by community members on the site.
Hughes, D. and Marcel S., 2015, An Open Access Repository of Images on Plant Health to Enable the Development of Mobile Disease Diagnostics. arXiv preprint arXiv:1511.08060.
Hlaing, C. S. and Zaw, S.M.M., 2017, Plant Diseases Recognition for Smart Farming Using Model-Based Statistical Features, IEEE 6th Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (GCCE), pp. 1-4.
Islam, M., Dinh, A., Wahid, K. and Bhowmik, P., 2017, Detection of Potato Diseases Using Image Segmentation and Multiclass Support Vector Machine, IEEE 30th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), pp. 1-4.
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