Technology| New Smartphone app for the Peanut Disease Risk Index..

A new smartphone app for the Peanut Disease Risk Index, or “PEANUT Rx,” will help Georgia peanut growers predict their risk of disease for this year’s crop.

The PEANUT Rx program, created by researchers from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Auburn University and Mississippi State University, allows producers to predict the advantages of using various crop management strategies. Growers can now access this information in the field, on the tractor or in their truck, thanks to the new app.

The students carried Google Android smartphones with built-in software, iEpi, that used Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS technology to monitor where they went and who they came in contact with from moment to moment. The model then returned the odds that each student would spread or contract the flu on a given day, and identified the personal health habits that might help them beat the odds or hasten their recovery.

The researchers found that when a student got sick, his or her friends were more likely to get sick too. They also found that students who smoked or drank took longer to recover. Heller said that smartphones and wearable health and fitness devices allowed them to collect information like a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, social interactions and activity levels with much more regularity and more accurately than was possible before. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the 21th on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

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