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Read about SmartProtect : diagnosis of  pest and disease in cucumber cultivation via smartphones.


AREFLH is a partner of SmartProtect project, SMART agriculture for innovative vegetable crop PROTECTion: harnessing advanced methodologies and technologies. Among others, the project tackled the subject of  pest and disease diagnosis in cucumber cultivation via the mobile apps Xarvio scouting, Plantix and Agrio.


Smartphone apps can now take advantage of high-resolution phone cameras for diagnosing and detecting pests and diseases in crops.

For example, in cucumber cultivation the applications Xarvio scouting, Plantix and Agrio can be used for the detection of many pests and diseases.

Xarvio scouting allows for the detection of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus, Cucumber mosaic virus, Downy mildew, Powdery mildew, Gummy stem blight, Anthracnose of curcubits, Angluar leaf spot disease, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Spider mite, Thrips, Whitefly, Cucumber beetle, Aphids and Red Pumpkin Beetle.

Plantix can detect many of the pests and diseases mentioned as well as Leaf blight of Curcubits, Cucumber scab, Bacterial wilt and many more.

Agrio also has a vast library including leafminers, mealybugs and more.


These applications use machine learning algorithms and AI that learn from huge data sets of images that are uploaded to them every day. After diagnosis, each application will offer advice and treatment recommendations. They also provide pest and disease alerts for if any have been detected in the local area of the user. Although currently they are not 100% accurate, these technologies provide huge potential in making scouting operations more accessible and efficient in cucumber cultivation.

  • Farm scale type: Big scale, small scale
  •  Application ranges: Insects, Bacteria, Fungi, Insects, Mites, Viruses, Nematodes
  • Crops Used: Bean, Bell pepper, Cabbage, cereals, Cucumbers, Aubergine, Leek, Maize, Melon, Onion, Potato, Pumpkin, Rage of crops, Soybean, Strawberry, Tomato, Watermelon, Zucchini, Sugar beet, Cauliflowe, Head Cabbage (white, red savoy)
  •  Production Systems: Greenhouse, Open Field


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 862563.




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