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.
- Snap photos of papaya plants and send them to be checked for the ringspot 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.