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Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras

Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras

 

The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to provide and receive plant diagnostic support. WhatsApp has proven to be popular in many countries, because it is a free communication tool for sending and receiving SMS messages. CABI Country Coordinator Eduardo Hidalgo and 20 plant doctors in Costa Rica started a WhatsApp group in February 2015 to share photos when presented with plant symptoms they are unfamiliar with. The group has been popular thus far, with plant pathologists and entomologists joining the group to provide diagnostic support. Since the group started there have been more than 40 queries from plant doctors seeking diagnostic support from members of the group which includes entomologists, pathologists, and other plant health experts from the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), INTA (Instituto Nacional de Innovaci贸n y Transferencia de Tecnolog铆a Agropecuaria), national Universities, and the private sector.

The WhatsApp tool is simple: if a plant doctor is presented with a problem at a plant clinic or in the field that they are unable to diagnose, they can take a picture of the symptoms and send it to the WhatsApp group to receive diagnostic support. The group members look at the symptoms highlighted in the photos and provide a diagnosis if they are familiar with the problem.

WhatsApp groups were started with plant doctors in Honduras in August 2015 and with plant doctors in Nicaragua in October 2015. In the first few months, 13 plant doctors joined the Honduras group and 11 joined the Nicaragua group, and there have been over 20 posts seeking advice.

The use of WhatsApp has opened up new channels for diagnostic support in Central America. Plant doctors in Costa Rica and Nicaragua have created Facebook pages to seek diagnostic support and share useful information. Plant health experts from around the world are welcome to join the Facebook groups to provide support.

They can follow the activity of plant clinics in the following pages of Facebook: “Cl铆nicas de diagn贸stico fitosanitario de Costa Rica” and “Puestos para plantas Nicaragua”.

 

Spanish:

El aplicaci贸n de software WhatsApp est谩 siendo utilizado por los doctores de plantas en Costa Rica, Nicaragua y Honduras para ofrecer y recibir apoyo para el diagn贸stico. WhatsApp ha demostrado ser popular en muchos pa铆ses, ya que es una herramienta de comunicaci贸n libre para enviar y recibir mensajes SMS. El Coordinador Eduardo Hidalgo y 20 doctores de plantas en Costa Rica iniciaron un grupo de WhatsApp en febrero del 2015 para compartir fotos cuando se presentaran s铆ntomas de problemas con los que no estuvieran familiarizados. Hasta ahora m谩s de 40 consultas de los doctores de plantas buscando apoyo han sido atendidas en por los miembros del grupo al cual se han unido entom贸logos, fitopat贸logos, expertos fitosanitarios del Ministerio de Agricultura (MAG), el INTA (Instituto Nacional de Innovaci贸n y Transferencia de Tecnolog铆a Agropecuaria), universidades nacionales y el sector privado.

La herramienta WhatsApp es simple, si un doctor de plantas se le presenta un problema en una cl铆nica de plantas o en el campo que no pueden diagnosticar, puede tomar una foto de los s铆ntomas y enviarla al grupo de WhatsApp para recibir el apoyo. Los miembros del grupo miran en los s铆ntomas resaltados en las fotos y brindan un diagn贸stico si est谩n familiarizados con el problema.

Grupos de WhatsApp se iniciaron con los doctores de plantas en Honduras en agosto 2015 y con los doctores de plantas en Nicaragua en octubre 2015. En los primeros meses, 13 doctores de plantas se unieron al grupo de Honduras y 11 al grupo de Nicaragua, y ha habido m谩s de 20 mensajes en busca de consejo

El uso de WhatsApp ha abierto nuevos canales para el apoyo al diagn贸stico en Centroam茅rica. Doctores de plantas en Costa Rica y Nicaragua tambi茅n han creado p谩ginas de Facebook para buscar el apoyo de diagn贸stico y compartir informaci贸n 煤til. Expertos en diagn贸stico de plantas de todo el mundo est谩n invitados a unirse a los grupos de Facebook para proporcionar apoyo. Pueden seguir la actividad de las cl铆nicas para plantas en las siguientes p谩ginas de Facebook: 鈥淐l铆nicas de diagn贸stico fitosanitario de Costa Rica鈥鈥淧uestos para plantas Nicaragua鈥.

Costa Rica plant doctor Facebook group

Costa Rica plant doctor Facebook group: Clinicas de Diagnostico Fitosanitario de Costa Rica

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