Fire Blight App for Central Asia
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Based on the existing tick app in Switzerland, we will develop an app for smartphones that can inform local populations in Central Asia about fire blight, simultaneously allowing a citizen science approach for mapping the spread of this dangerous pome fruit disease. Utilizing the gathered data, a more precise field monitoring approach can be generated, thus improving the quality of the main project output. All together, this approach will give a clearer picture of the risk for fire blight around the endangered apple and pear species in the forests of Central Asia, while allowing the app users to better protect their orchards and gardens.