They have been used to hunt Osama Bin Laden, shut down the UK’s second busiest airport and also deliver Amazon parcels. But now drones have been given what might just be their most important ever role… as they are deployed to protect Scottish potatoes.
Scientists are increasingly looking at how the technology – developed for the military and big corporate interests – could be used to save the planet, or at least its crops and livestock, writes David Leask, Chief Reporter at The Herald.
At the Royal Highland Show this month, the SRUC’s Simon Gibson-Poole will talk about how drones can be used to spot diseased potato plants. Mr Gibson-Poole is one of several drone experts to speak at the show, which runs from June 20 to 23.
The SRUC said the use of drones and satellite-based imagery to support precision agriculture, and improve forecasts of wheat and potato crop yields, would also be highlighted by researchers from the Advanced Technologies for Efficient Crop Management project – a collaboration between SRUC and Edinburgh University.