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Suited to identify Queensland fruit flies

Australia focuses on microscopic pests

Currently, as one part of an AI diagnostic package to identify anything that is visible but requires magnification, a sort of ‘smart microscope’ is being tested.

The microscope, created by GoMicro, was used previously in a kit to diagnose leishmaniasis in war-torn nations. It was also available to schools, as a teaching tool.

The Adelaide-based company, which was spun out of the New Venture Institute at Flinders University, is looking to raise funds to commercialise the system, which has numerous potential applications across all industries.

Professor Rob Lewis, a company adviser and former head of the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), said the GoMicro platform was an example of the successful integration of key technologies such as mobile, microscopy, machine learning and interpretive data analyses.

GoMicro CEO Sivam Krish said the company was in the midst of proving the concept by identifying Queensland fruit flies, a pest that threatens South Australia’s $1.25 billion horticulture industry.


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