The classical job of seed testers has some challenges that the testing personnel faces in their daily work:
- Time-consuming and fatiguing counting process
- Limited throughput
- Re-assessments nearly impossible
- Personal impressions taking influence on the result
To overcome such challenges, LemnaTec has developed SeedAIxpert, our digital seed testing system. It assists the seed testers by taking images of the sample and by processing the images with a dedicated analysis software. The result of the analysis is a count of germinated seeds per sample. Thus, SeedAIxpert eases the counting process as the operator no longer must count and take notes by himself, but leaves that fatiguing part of the work to the computer. The process is much quicker than the classical counting process, with a few seconds for the image taking and the analysis running in the background. Therefore, throughput can be increased. Whenever a result appears strange, the seed testers can go back to the corresponding image and have a closer look what could be the reason. This image-based documentation is a strong advantage compared to the classical note-taking process, because once the operator becomes aware of the unusual result later, seedlings might have changed their habitus, or the sample was discarded anyway. In seed testing, frequently multiple testers work in parallel and probably in shifts to ensure adequate throughput. Of course, all are well-trained and following the guidelines, but the human factor never can be avoided totally. With clear documentation and consistent image processing, SeedAIxpert makes the testing process more reliable and comparable by reducing the human factor.