Entries by Donald Cooper

The Poverty of Data in African Agriculture

Africa accounts for 60% of the world’s arable uncultivated land, but despite this incredible agricultural potential, 1 in 4 Africans go hungry every year. Although governments, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders are committed to reducing food insecurity and developing African agriculture, their efforts have been hampered by a scarcity that mirrors the physical shortage of […]

Future Farming

Imagine you are a Kenyan maize farmer. Your entire lifeblood is tied to your harvest’s percent yield. Imagine your neighbor’s crop gets infected with Aspergillus flavus. Aspergillus is a mold, responsible for producing one of the most deadly, naturally occuring carcinogens known – aflatoxin. The government doesn’t allow the sale of produce with  aflatoxin levels […]


mAgriculture and the transformative power of mobile tech on smallholder farming The developing world, and especially Africa, has experienced an explosion of mobile technology in the past decade that has already transformed the lives of millions of people through innovations such as mobile banking and the “digital wallet”. Now, mobile technology is being used in […]

Mobile Image Ratiometry for the Detection of Botrytis cinerea (Gray Mold)

nature precedings Authors: Donald C. Cooper 1,2 Attribution: 3.0 2012 Nature Precedings ABSTRACT Mobile Platform Informatics (MPI) and Smartphone Informatics (SPI) methods like Mobile Image Ratiometry (MIR) are potentially transformative point-of-use instantaneous analysis tools that are useful across a variety of industries. In agriculture, MIR-compatible immuno test strips allow early detection of a number of […]

Mobile Image Ratiometry

Mobile Image Ratiometry: A New Method for Instantaneous Analysis of Rapid Test Strips nature precedings Authors: Donald C. Cooper 1,2, Bryan Callahan 2, Phil Callahan 2 Journal: Nature Precedings Citation: Nature Precedings : doi:10.1038/npre.2012.6827. Institute for Behavioral Genetics. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder. 1480 30th St. Boulder, CO 80303. Correspondence author […]