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Development of a system aimed at control of pests through egg count, using virtual instrumentation

Grant number: 11/19917-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): September 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Galdenoro Botura Junior
Grantee:Gabriel Freschi
Home Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus Experimental de Sorocaba. Sorocaba , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Corn has great economic importance on the world stage, so it is essential that techniques to increase its productivity are developed. The biological control of pests is one of the existing methods to accomplish this task. To evaluate the cause of death of the plague, it is necessary to take samples of eggs to the laboratory and perform counts that determine the efficiency of the method. The project proposes the creation of a virtual instrumentation system that is able to perform the counting of the eggs, from a photograph, with greater speed and accuracy than manual counting.