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Optical Detection for Invasive Insects

Invasive insects have the potential to inflict devastating damage on ripening fruit crops across the US. Insects such as the Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, arrived from Asia a decade ago, and is particularly damaging to fruits such cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.  The tiny SWD is only 3-5 mm in length, and the female seeks to lay eggs into the ripening fruit just before harvest.

Quantalux is developing technology to quickly and accurately alert the farmer to the arrival of invasive pests such as the SWD so the farmer can take quick action to protect the fruit crop from serious damage. Our technology is based on an optically-based insect monitoring system for the rapid and accurate identification of highly-damaging invasive insects during crop scouting. High resolution lenses and high-pixel imagers allow our system to recognize the tiny SWD upon arrival in the fields. This work is in collaboration with researchers at Michigan State University.

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