Can bioinformatics help protect coconut trees from weevils?

Dr. Nanayakkara, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka agricultural council has already developed a portable electronic device that has been found to be very accurate at detecting larvae at an incredibly early stage. This device has already been recommended by the coconut research institute (CRI) to more than 5000 farmers in Sri Lanka as the best detector available but it is too expensive so Thrish wants to build an affordable app to help local farmers.

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  • 3 Backers

    Thank you Tweet: For helping give Sri Lankan farmers have piece of mind and affordable way to protect their livelihoods we will personally thank you on twitter!

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    Early Bird App plus accessories: Be one of the first Sri Lankan farmers to receive the app. You will be one of the first palm farmers to have the app and as one of the first users you will be involved giving us feedback which will help us shape the app to meet your needs. This offer is excessive for the first 20 supporters.

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    App plus accessories: Be one of the first Sri Lankan farmers to receive the app. You will be one of the first palm farmers to have the app and as one of the first users you will be involved giving us feedback which will help us shape the app to meet your needs.

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    Thank you postcard: Put this postcard on your wall, your fridge, or your bathroom mirror and feel good about supporting Sri Lankan farmers!

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    Ticket to coconut and weevils seminar: Thrish will be hosting a seminar talking about the problems Sri Lankan farmers face through red palm weevils, how the problem is currently managed and how his technology will help Sri Lankan farmers and improve coconut yields. In the seminar Thrish will explain his journey in developing this promising tool for the detection of Red Palm Weevils, discussing the device and the progression into the app he is currently funding.

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    Ticket to coconut and weevils seminar and drinks: After Thrish's seminar, you can relax with him and other guests at an exclusive drinks reception, where you can talk to Thrish and ask him anything from how he became interested in developing technology for agriculture, to how he went about transforming his algorithm into an app.

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    Limited Edition Print: Artwork inspired by the science. This artwork has been created by Penelope Rose, the man up the tree is using the detector to listen for the distinctive crunching sounds the weevils make. The auditory cortex is highlighted in red, yellow and blue. These colours represent the low, medium and high sound frequencies. The clouds in the back indicate the sound waves from the crunching sound which are amplified by the app so the farmer can detect them through the auditory cortex.

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    Sponsor 5 Sri Lankan farmers: This pledge will guarantee an 5 farmers to have access to the detector.

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    Sponsor 10 farms with weevil detectors There are hundreds of farmers across Sri Lanka who could benefit from the detectors: Our aim is to help as many as possible

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    Limited Edition Canvas Print: Artwork inspired by the science. This artwork has been created by Penelope Rose, the man up the tree is using the detector to listen for the distinctive crunching sounds the weevils make. The auditory cortex is highlighted in red, yellow and blue. These colours represent the low, medium and high sound frequencies. The clouds in the back indicate the sound waves from the crunching sound which are amplified by the app so the farmer can detect them through the auditory cortex.

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    Sponsor the transducer with your logo: This is aimed at businesses who work with coconut farmers in Sri Lanka, your logo will be on the transducer which is an add on device that the farmers need to use the app. If you work with Sri Lankan farmers this will help you increase your brand image with the local farmers.