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Exploring AI’s potential in forest nurseries

4 September 2023
Can AI match human seedling grading in nursery at speed and accuracy? Under Forest Grower’s Research work programme, the Precision Silviculture Programme’s prototype says its looking possible!

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Brian Russell at Contempo Lab, they’ve successfully detected seedlings, identified parts, and applied pass/fail rules. Challenges like needle visibility and trunk measurements were overcome with a hybrid machine learning AI approach.

Read the technical report here if you want more details.

The next step is implementing the prototype in a working nursery, expand the data set, and refine the model. Designing an in-shed system with cameras, data processing, and a dashboard interface is also on the roadmap.

Source: Forest Growers Research

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