A new robot farm powered by solar energy has been designed in order to collect data relating to plant disease and pest agents. Moreover, the robot can remove weeds on crops.
Called Ladybird, the robot is guided by a laser using hyperspectral sensors and cameras to collect data on pests and the conditions on the ground, they interpret data automatically and gives them to the the farmer, writes sciencealert.com.
Developers of the invention have just successfully completed a three-day test at Australian farm where they grown spinach, onions and beets.
"Ladybird is for agriculture and is powered by solar energy. It uses a robotic arm to remove weeds, while having the potential to raise the crop, "said Salah Sukkarieh, team leader and professor of robotics and intelligent systems at the University of Sydney.
Sukkarieh was awarded the title of "Researcher of the Year" award from the Australian Vegetable Industry.
Looking ahead when climate change has led to increasing temperatures, causing less precipitation in arid regions, farmers will need all the help we can get to get the most production from the lands that become increasingly less productive.
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