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Putting artificial intelligence to work identifying invasive species

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze drone footage and identify the leaves of the European water chestnut, an invasive species in Canada. DUC partnered with AI software developer saiwa, who loaded 1,500 labelled drone images of water chestnut into the system to help the machine learn the plant's shape. With AI speeding up the discovery process, future water chestnut sites will be more quickly identifiable, helping in the constant effort to curb its spread.


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