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Ultra Cheap Laser Bug Sensors to Manage Agricultural Pests

Agenor Mafra-Neto and Leandro Mafra of ISCA Technologies, Inc. in the U.S., working with Eamonn Keogh of the University of California, Riverside, seek to build ultra-cheap laser bug sensors that accurately count and identify flying insect pests from a distance. Real-time data would allow for effective and economic pest management without reliance on scarce specialists, increasing local crop production and reducing hunger-related health issues.

More information about Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market (Round 9)

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