Ivan Grijalva considers the sugarcane aphid a big headache. Strange, perhaps, since it would take about 16 of the pear-shaped, soft-bodied, leaf-sucking insects — lined up end to end — to measure 1 inch. In a farm field, aphids are rarely visible at first glance, even though hundreds or thousands may be present. Trivial? Not to Grijalva, Kansas State University doctoral student in entomology, who is using machine learning to detect and classify sugarcane aphid populations on sorghum leaves without the use of manual labor.
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