Australia: Scientists to track locust plague from sky

The Australian Plague Locust Commission predicts locust eggs will begin hatching in north-west Victoria from late September, causing millions of dollars of damage to crops.

Sydney University’s Dr Greg Sword says by tracking swarm movement, pesticides to control them can be used more efficiently.

“We are collaborating with the Australian Plague Locust Commission and the Centre for Autonomous Aerial Systems to develop autonomous aerial systems; basically, aerial drones that would be capable of tracking individual insects on the ground as they march in these migratory bands,” he said.

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