Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Local plant doctor releases iPhone app

Business Briefs

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:23 AM HST

University of Hawaii plant pathologist Scot Nelson has created a new, highly rated and interactive app for Apple products called "The Plant Doctor."

Adelante Consulting Inc. (http://www.iphodea.com) released of The Plant Doctor 1.0 in late February for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Plant Doctor provides real time diagnosis and cost-effective treatments for plant diseases in gardens, landscapes, nurseries and farms.

Users may read the free descriptions of 10 of the most common plant diseases and their causes. If users are still unsure about their plant’s problem, they may buy a diagnosis. The app collects user-supplied information (text, photographs) about the problem and sends it to Nelson, a plant pathologist with a Ph.D. and more than 20 years of experience.

Nelson, stationed at the Komohana Agricultural Complex in Hilo, believes that the app is of potentially great benefit to farmers and gardeners worldwide. If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch and have plant health issues, The Plant Doctor 1.0 is a free download and is available exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Diagnosis may be purchased for a nominal fee.

For more, contact Scot Nelson at snelson@hawaii.edu, 969-8265.

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