Purdue smartphone apps help gardeners with pests

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Two Purdue University researchers have developed new smartphone apps designed to help gardeners conquer insect pests and boost their garden's harvest.

Purdue plant pathologist Janna Beckerman and Purdue Extension entomologist Cliff Sadof worked together to develop two new apps designed to help gardeners solve problems and identify pests in their vegetable or flower gardens.

Beckerman tells the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1bhgaYL ) that anyone can essentially become a master gardener if they "have an image of the problem" on their smartphone.

Sadof says most current apps for home gardeners tend to be sponsored by companies who have products to sell. He says the two apps he and Beckerman created are essentially a specialized garden encyclopedia people can carry around in their pocket.

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