Author Identifier

Vi Nguyen Thanh Le
ORCID: 0000-0003-2665-9332

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title



Oxford University Press


Electron Science Research Institute




Photonic Detection Systems, PDS

Grains Research and Development Corporation, GRDC


Le, V. N. T., Ahderom, S., Apopei, B., & Alameh, K. (2020). A novel method for detecting morphologically similar crops and weeds based on the combination of contour masks and filtered Local Binary Pattern operators. GigaScience, 9(3), Article giaa017.


Background: Weeds are a major cause of low agricultural productivity. Some weeds have morphological features similar to crops, making them difficult to discriminate. Results: We propose a novel method using a combination of filtered features extracted by combined Local Binary Pattern operators and features extracted by plant-leaf contour masks to improve the discrimination rate between broadleaf plants. Opening and closing morphological operators were applied to filter noise in plant images. The images at 4 stages of growth were collected using a testbed system. Mask-based local binary pattern features were combined with filtered features and a coefficient k. The classification of crops and weeds was achieved using support vector machine with radial basis function kernel. By investigating optimal parameters, this method reached a classification accuracy of 98.63% with 4 classes in the "bccr-segset" dataset published online in comparison with an accuracy of 91.85% attained by a previously reported method. Conclusions: The proposed method enhances the identification of crops and weeds with similar appearance and demonstrates its capabilities in real-time weed detection. © 2020 The Author(s) 2020.



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