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Arise, robotic slug slayers?

Arise, robotic slug slayers?

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[27 April, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, AFN]

Farmers struggle to fend off slug infestations, as the hungry critters are able to self-fertilise and can lay hundreds of eggs each year. Typically, slugs are controlled through chemical pellets which have often had chemicals in them that also damage the environment and have the possibility of leaching into water supplies. Dr Jenna Ross runs the Slugbot initiative which has linked together a group of companies. Phase one of the initiative will focus on developing an AI slug detection capability, before working to deliver the slug detection using a robot. It is expected that the detection and mapping of slug infestations will be delivered by 2021. After that the initiative will focus on the development of precision spraying.

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