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Title: Feasibility of using expert systems in aquatic plant control
Authors: United States. Agricultural Research Service.
Aquatic Plant Control Research Program (U.S.)
Lawrence, Larry R.
Lemmon, H.
Keywords: Aquatic plants
Expert systems
Artificial intelligence
Data processing
Expert systems
Environmental management
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Research into control of aquatic plants has evolved into different technology areas, including biological, chemical, and mechanical. The knowledge concerning aquatic plants and control strategies is shared by researchers, Corps District and project personnel, and state and local control personnel. As experience with different control methods has increased and the number of personnel involved has also increased, acquiring the most current and relevant information for a specific plant control application has become more difficult. Computer-based expert systems have been used successfully in other technical areas to help manage voluminous information and to help identify solutions to specific problems. Because of those successes and the growing base of knowledge that is not readily available to aquatic plant program managers, this report evaluates the feasibility of using expert systems in the management and control of aquatic plants. An Expert Systems Workshop was held at the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station on 15 February 1989. Workshop participants included field users of aquatic plant control technology, researchers in the discipline, and expert system developers. The workshop discussions identified a number of areas in which an expert system could assist in aquatic plant control. These include: control applications, regulatory considerations, use of new control methods, orientation of new personnel, and dissemination of research findings. It is the consensus of the workshop group that building an expert system for aquatic plant management and control is both desirable and feasible. A further recommendation by the group is that it would not be wise to attempt to address the overall expert system initially. A more prudent approach would be to build a small prototype expert system that would give users the opportunity to evaluate the capabilities of an expert system and to demonstrate its effectiveness. Participants determined that an excellent prototype would be the knowledge contained in the manual "Aquatic Plant Identification and Herbicide Use Guide, Volume II: Aquatic Plants and Susceptibility to Herbicides'' by Westerdahl and Getsinger. Developing the guide into an expert system, even though a prototype, would be immediately useful to the aquatic plant managers and would provide an appropriate technology transfer application in a user-friendly format of state-of-the-art information.
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