TOKYO, Japan (June 15, 2016) - OPTiM Corporation (TSE: 3694), in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture, Saga University, and Saga Prefectural Government Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, has announced the world’s first※1 successful tests of pest extermination by drone. The tests were conducted with AgriDrone, OPTiM’s drone optimized for agriculture. With AgriDrone, OPTiM aims to improve agricultural pest control by developing features that can detect insects and autonomously exterminate them with pinpoint pesticide application or a nighttime chemical-free roving bug zapper.
The recent trials were based on the hypothesis that nocturnal insects hide under leaves during the day to evade birds, but then come out at night when it is safe. Therefore, it would be more effective to attempt extermination at night, when the insects are exposed. To test this, the AgriDrone roving bug zapper feature was developed. The path of AgriDrone was preset to fly over fields at night while carrying a bug zapper right above the crops. This test was held in the soy bean and sweet potato fields of the Saga University Center for Education and Research in Agricultural Innovation.
The trials were ultimately successful, and it was found that the AgriDrone was able to kill over 50 varieties of nocturnal agricultural pests. Future tests will focus on exterminating a variety of plant hopper that is particularly harmful to rice plants.
For more information about AgriDrone, please watch the introductory video below:
The three-party agreement between Saga University, Saga prefectural government and OPTiM started in August 2015 to create a streamlined environment for innovation, combining the technology and resources of each institution. Under the slogan of “fun, cool and profitable agriculture,” the three parties are working to have Saga Prefecture become the world’s #1 in agricultural IT.
For more information about this three-party agreement, please visit the site below:
|※1||As of June 15, 2016, based on the research by OPTiM.|
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