Vegetation Management

Applications of AI - Identifying Ash Trees

Fighting back ash dieback using AI

In 1992, Polish forests were facing unprecedented levels of death amongst European ash. Ecologists were discovering trees with wilting black leaves and dark lesions growing on their bark. 14 years later researchers revealed the culprit — a fungus of Asian origin — making its way to Europe via plant imports and possibly even via natural …

Fighting back ash dieback using AI Read More »

Creating a Neural Network for Identifying Himalayan Balsam From Roadside Images

At the start of 2020 we didn’t know if it would be possible to collect images of the required quality for an AI based approach to work. What we’ve found is that, yes, it can work. We built a system to collect high resolution images, label them and trained a model for identifying invasive from …

Creating a Neural Network for Identifying Himalayan Balsam From Roadside Images Read More »