New high-tech drones target Australian vineyards to help stop pests and diseases

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with machine learning and hyperspectral cameras could become a new weapon for the grape industry, as it fights a major battle with a tiny pest.

The high-tech drones have proved successful in detecting grape phylloxera (Daktulospaira vitifoliae) in a research trial between QUT, Agriculture Victoria and the Plant Biosecurity CRC (PBCRC).

Photo: One of the high-tech drones at work in a vineyard (credit: QUT)

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Ag Sustainability And Innovation
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