Drones can kill poisonous caterpillars
Stay clear of those dangerous caterpillars. They walk in a long line across the floor of a pine forest. They would be easy prey for predators if they weren’t poisonous – they are covered with hairs that have a toxin. They spell bad news for the Mediterranean’s pine trees and for humans since their hairs can cause severe skin irritations. Their poisonous hairs are also devastating for dogs who put their noses near them. The EU-funded FitoStinger project has found a way to inject the pesticide directly into the nest without affecting the surrounding area. It uses automated drones equipped with artificial vision and a specially-designed and patented lance. This method is more effective and environmentally friendlier.
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