Automatic Segmentation and Counting of Aphid Nymphs on Leaves Using Convolutional Neural Networks
AbstractThe presence of pests is one of the main problems in crop production, and obtaining reliable statistics of pest infestation is essential for pest management. Detection of pests should be automated because human monitoring of pests is time-consuming and error-prone. Aphids are among the most destructive pests in greenhouses and they reproduce quickly. Automatic detection of aphid nymphs on leaves (especially on the lower surface) using image analysis is a challenging problem due to color similarity and complicated background. In this study, we propose a method for segmentation and counting of aphid nymphs on leaves using convolutional neural networks. Digital images of pakchoi leaves at different aphid infestation stages were obtained, and corresponding pixel-level binary mask annotated. In the test, segmentation results by the proposed method achieved high overlap with annotation by human experts (Dice coefficient of 0.8207). Automatic counting based on segmentation showed high precision (0.9563) and recall (0.9650). The correlation between aphid nymph count by the proposed method and manual counting was high (R2 = 0.99). The proposed method is generic and can be applied for other species of pests. View Full-Text
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Chen, J.; Fan, Y.; Wang, T.; Zhang, C.; Qiu, Z.; He, Y. Automatic Segmentation and Counting of Aphid Nymphs on Leaves Using Convolutional Neural Networks. Agronomy 2018, 8, 129.
Chen J, Fan Y, Wang T, Zhang C, Qiu Z, He Y. Automatic Segmentation and Counting of Aphid Nymphs on Leaves Using Convolutional Neural Networks. Agronomy. 2018; 8(8):129.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Jian; Fan, Yangyang; Wang, Tao; Zhang, Chu; Qiu, Zhengjun; He, Yong. 2018. "Automatic Segmentation and Counting of Aphid Nymphs on Leaves Using Convolutional Neural Networks." Agronomy 8, no. 8: 129.
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