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Scientists in Denmark are planning to use
drones filled with ladybirds and other beneficial
insects to battle plant pests without the use
of chemicals. The project has been dubbed
EcoDrone and is a joint venture between the
University of Southern Denmark and the
Work is underway to devise a spreader that
can distribute insects without harming them
or causing them to harm each other. Associate
Professor Søren Wiatr Borg from the Institute of
Technology and Innovation says predatory mites
eat each other if there’s nowhere for them to hide
so they have to be transported in a tank filled with
vermiculite so they can hide from each other.
The researchers are hoping that an efficient
way to distribute beneficial insects will
decrease pesticide use and increase organic
production levels even for crops where
broadacre farming is practiced.
Visitors soaked it all up at the irrigation conference
The Irrigation Australia International
Conference and Exhibition was held at the
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
from May 24−26. It has been eight years since
Irrigation Australia has held its conference and
exhibition in Melbourne. The decision to host
the conference was welcomed by the City of
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who
said he was pleased to welcome 3000 irrigation
industry professionals to Melbourne.
“With our network of 480 hectares of
internationally acclaimed parks and gardens,
the City of Melbourne understands that clever
irrigation is key to keeping our green spaces healthy
and thriving,” he told conference organisers.
Senator, the Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources,
officially opened the conference. This year’s theme
was ‘Irrigation for prosperity and wellbeing’,
and according to Senator Ruston, the Australian
Government has placed a huge priority on
water, seeing it as a fundamental resource for the
economy. She said that irrigation in southern parts
of Australia in particular, is a “vital pillar” for the
Australian agricultural landscape.
“We are transitioning out of an economy that
was reliant on mining into an economy of the
future, an economy of innovation. We now as a
government have decided to focus on becoming
the smartest, brightest and most innovative in
the world. This is a classic example of an industry
transitioning into a new, smart industry,” she said.
Three full days of workshops were held in the
exhibition area to showcase irrigation products and
services. This was open to all exhibition attendees
and provided an opportunity for visitors and
conference delegates to have a hands-on look at
equipment as well as to learn about the industry
services in an interactive environment. The show
will be on again in 2018.
- Lauren Butler
In the future, ladybirds and other beneficial insects may be spread
to large-scale crops by drones.
Exhibitors showcased live plant displays to demonstrate products.