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Detection of Leaf Scorching

Pierce's Disease Detection 

Crop damages due to Pierce’s Disease costs the California grape industry over 104 million dollars each year. The University of California Cooperative Extension and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Engineering Service Learning team is designing an autonomous system to scan and detect Pierce’s Disease in grapevines using unmanned aerial platforms. By combining image-stitching and spectral analysis of diseased plants, the system will identify prospective problems in grapes before the disease spreads to other vines. The UAS team is in the process of performing field-tests with the platform and image analysis system before delivery

Faculty Advisor:
Professor YangQuan Chen

  • Mechatronics
  • Control systems
  • Unmanned aircraft systems
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Applied fractional calculus


Merced County Cooperative Extension (MCCE)

Across California, the University of California’s 64 Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers. We are the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. Our county-based staff is part of the community – we live and work in the areas we serve.


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