28 Apr '15, 5pm

Can drones plant one billion trees?

To achieve its goal of planting one billion trees a year, BioCarbon is developing a fleet of drones that, if all goes according to plan, will engage in a three-step process of mapping, planting, and monitoring. Generating sophisticated 3D maps of the landscape, the drones can be used to determine precisely where to plant, and how much planting is needed to restore a forest. Then, hovering above the ground at between 2-3 meters, the drones use pressurized air to fire germinated seed pods into precisely targeted locations. Each pod is encapsulated in a “nutrient-rich hydrogel” that presumably feeds the seed until it takes root. Later, the drones can be used to monitor the progress of the fresh growth.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/can-drones-plant-one-billion-trees/

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