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The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources created the Pic-a-Papaya app to help diagnose papaya infection. Growers are also invited to find out whether their papaya plant is a genetically engineered variety by sending a leaf sample to the scientists for examination. Instructions are available at the Pic-a-Papaya website.

App highlights:

  • Snap photos of papaya plants and send them to be checked for the ring¬≠spot virus. Researchers will assess a value of “healthy” or “diseased.”
  • View map of infected plants.
  • Request free papaya seed samples to replace virus-infected or genetically engineered papaya plants.