Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Efficient Protection of Palms from RPW Larvaeusing Wireless Sensor Networks

Swarnalatha Srinivas, Harsha K S, Sujatha A and Narendra Kumar G

Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) is one of the most serious pests of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) palms. It is known to attack 20 palm species worldwide. Due to the concealed nature of feeding RPW, infestation is detected during the last stages and farmers become aware of the problem only when the tree is about to die. The acoustic activity of RPW larvae (inside an offshoot and base of leaves) consists of chewing, crawling, emission and quick oscillating sounds. In this paper, acoustic techniques are used to detect hidden larvae infestations of coconut palm trees in the early stages that are recorded using wireless sensor network establishing ad-hoc network. The fundamental frequency of the acoustic activity generated by the RPW larvae also contains environmental noise which is captured by the wireless sensors (nodes) fixed to the palms and transmitted to the server through access points covering number of palms arranged in the form of hexagon for processing using MatLab tools. This method is inexpensive when compared to the existing methods for the detection of RPW larvae. The simulation results are encouraging in establishing the detection of larvae (grubs) inside the palm, thus enabling the farmer to takeup the control measures before the damage reaches the economic threshold.

Keywords: Acoustic activity, Ad-hoc Network(MANET), Fundamental Frequency, Larvae.

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Swarnalatha Srinivas
Swarnalatha Srinivas, born in Bangalore on 22nd October, 1964. Obtained Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engg., Bangalore, Karnataka, India in 1988. Obtained Masters degree in Power Systems, University Visvesvaraya College of Engg., Bangalore, Karnataka, India in 1992. Currently Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Bangalore Institute of Technology, VTU, Bangalore, held the positions of Associate Professor, Lecturer, currently pursuing PhD under the guidance of Dr Narendra Kumar G.

Harsha K S
Harsha K S is a student doing research under the guidance of Prof. Narendra Kumar G.

Sujatha A
Dr. Sujatha A, Obtained Masters Degree in Zoology, Mysore University, Mysore, Karnataka, India. Awarded PhD degree in Zoology from Project Directorate of Biological Control (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Mysore University, Mysore, Karnataka, India in 2002. Working as Technical Officer in Department of Entomology, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Research Interests include Zoology, Entomology, Ecology and Agricultural Pest control

Narendra Kumar G
Dr. Narendra Kumar G, born in Bangalore on 5th February, 1959. Obtained Masters Degree in Electrical Communication Engineering, (Computer Science & Communication) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India in 1987. Was awarded PhD in Electrical Engineering(Computer Network) from Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India in 2006. Currently Professor in the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, University Visvesvaraya College of Engg., Bangalore University, Bangalore, held the positions of Associate Professor, Lecturer and Director of Students Welfare. Research interests include Mobile Communication, Wireless Communication, E-Commerce, Robotics and Computer Networks.

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