The University of Malaga and the agrarian transformation society Trops, which is the largest national marketer of avocado and mango, are working to advance the use of data and artificial intelligence to monitor tropical crops, which in the province have become a key pillar of agriculture. The use of sensors in farming allows growers to know if a crop is being over-irrigated or is suffering from water stress, and even if it is enduring excess heat.
A project, which lasts until December 2021, will have special importance for tropical crops in Axarquía and the Granada coast, as it will create tools for Trops technicians that will help with advanced monitoring of these crops, according to Aldana.
The project carried out by UMA and Trops, called TROPICAL-IA, seeks to create an advanced artificial intelligence microservice software platform that supports the monitoring of tropical crops and enables rapid decision-making. Among other things in the early detection of pests and diseases or to determine the optimal harvest time of a plantation.