Scientists to use drones to boost food production

China cropsScientists from the United Kingdom are ensuring China is able to meet demands for food production through the use of aerial drones

Researchers from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom obtained US$1.3mn in funding from both the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Newton Fund to build camera drones.

The drones will be able to relay information about crops in a wide area, detect weeds and destroy weeds threatening to destroy the yield.

The team is working with professor Wen-Hua Chen and his team from the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.

Professor Chen said, "Agriculture is facing serious challenges around the world due to increasing and aging populations as well as a growing global demand for energy and fresh water," said Professor Chen.

"The likelihood of extreme weather events occurring more often also threatens food production, which is why remote data collection to evaluate soil and crop health has an important role to play in developing sustainable agriculture for rapidly developing countries like China", he added.


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