Deep Learning to Accelerate Breeding for Crop Disease Resistance

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Graduate Office


Deep learning is a novel, exciting development in artificial intelligence, particularly suited to solving complex problems involving image analysis. It broadly mimics the way a human brain writes its own rules to learn how to categorise different objects in the environment. This project will give a student an outstanding opportunity to apply this fast-developing technology to a current issue of great practical importance.
A key problem in agriculture is how to control crop diseases without pesticides. Plant breeders wish to release new varieties which are resistant to all significant diseases but at present, this requires a highly-trained person to assess several diseases and stresses in a field trial simultaneously. This is slow and difficult, not least because many pathogens produce spots and blotches of a superficially similar appearance.
The aim of this project is to develop a deep learning network which is capable of being trained and retrained to identify, distinguish and quantify different diseases. This will be applied in field situations to increase the accuracy and rigour of disease screening in breeding trials to select new plant varieties.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/S507428/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022
2075829 Studentship BB/S507428/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022 Megan Long