Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging (DDDI) is a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (UGA-CAES) initiative that allows both commercial and public agricultural entities or even individuals to leverage the power of the Internet to quickly diagnose damaging pathogens and pests, as well as identify potential biosecurity threats.
Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging (DDDI) was developed by a talented IT team in collaboration with agricultural specialists at the University of Georgia in 1997. DDDI was initially created to allow Cooperative Extension offices throughout Georgia to easily submit relevant information and images of plant diseases; the goal being to receive a rapid diagnosis from University faculty, facilitating timely, corrective action. This new method for submitting samples of unidentified pests and organisms was exceptionally efficient, resulting in significant time and cost savings. “It's a reality that we can't have every specialist in every corner of the state to help farmers. But [DDDI] puts together expertise and technology, and this allows us to increase our service.", says Stephen Portch, former University of Georgia Chancellor. DDDI puts people with agricultural problems in communication with the people with solutions.
Customized DDDI systems are currently in place in numerous states, the Dominican Republic, the American Protectorates of the Pacific, and all of Central America. The system has grown to include commercial clients as well. DDDI has expanded from plant pathology and many other disciplines have found value including entomology, marine sciences, crop and soil sciences, forestry and veterinary medicine. Virtually any problem that can be captured digitally may benefit from DDDI.