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Israeli Scientists Find Way to Detect Weevil Infestations with AI, Google

Countries all over the world are battling another major pandemic: red palm weevils. Originating from Asia, the insect soon made its way across the world and became a major invasive species, wreaking severe havoc on palm trees and other agriculture across the planet.

But now, scientists from Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev may have found a way to automatically detect red palm weevil infestations.

The red palm weevils have only become more widespread in the last decade. Studies have shown that these weevils target 19 different types of palm trees, making them one of the worst palm tree pests worldwide.

After hatching, the larvae eat through the tree as they grow, creating tunnels inside the trees and weakening them, sometimes even causing them to break and completely collapse. (JPost / VFI News)

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