Southeast Early Detection Network
The kudzu vine, nicknamed “The vine that ate The South” is an invasive species from Asia that kills or damages other plants by smothering them under blankets of leaves.
The biggest nuisances to farmers may come in small packages, but they usually bring a group of friends to back them up. Infestations of invasive species can be devastating to crops, causing farmers huge financial losses. In fact, just last year, Florida’s agriculture commissioner declared a state of emergency after Miami-Dade’s farmlands were overrun with the largest infestation of Asian fruit flies on record. So The University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health developed the Southeast Early Detection Network (SEEDN) app.
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The SEEDN app could be a powerful tool for preventing infestations before they happen. If a worker spots an invasive species of animal, insect or plant, they can submit their observations with their smartphones, which will upload the reports to the Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS). The app will also directly email their observations to the local and state verifiers for review. While the SEEDN app only covers the southeastern United States, the creators also have an Early Detection Network app for the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes areas.
For more information and to see other apps put out by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health of the University of Georgia, visit apps.bugwood.org