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Research Article

An Alert System on the Presence of Myriapods in Peanut Farms in Senegal

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.9-10-2017.153167,
        author={Babacar Mbaye and Assane Gueye},
        title={An Alert System on the Presence of Myriapods in Peanut Farms in Senegal},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Collaborative Computing},
        keywords={agriculture, peanut, myriapod, sensors, alert system, ICT, environment protection},
  • Babacar Mbaye
    Assane Gueye
    Year: 2017
    An Alert System on the Presence of Myriapods in Peanut Farms in Senegal
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.9-10-2017.153167
Babacar Mbaye1,*, Assane Gueye2
  • 1: Univeriste Alioune Diop de Bambey, Senegal
  • 2: Univeriste Alioune Diop de Bambey, Senegal; University of Maryland, College Park, USA
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In Senegal, agriculture remains one of the most important sectors of the economy and the culture of peanut is one of the pillars in this domain. Unfortunately, the expansion of this culture is constantly hampered by attacks from several enemies such as the myriapods. These attacks can happen as early as during the germination but also during the fructification of the plants. As a defense solution, farmers use pesticides that often are hostile to the environment. The goal of this project is to build an early detection system that can warn farmers about the presence of the myriapods before the onset of the first attacks. Our proposed solution will be composed of a network of sensors that collect data (environment, soil acidity/composition, etc…), a computing system that uses the collected data to infer whether the insects are present or not, and a communication system that delivers alerts and advices to the farmers. Early detection of myriapods will allow farmers to use better and more environment-friendly defense solutions. We envision to efficiently build such system while keeping its price as low as possible.