What is the Technology
A field-ready device is being developed equipped with cameras and a computer running software to detect weeds growing amongst crops.
A gimbal is controlled by the computer to rotate a spray gun or high-power laser to focus on the weeds and eradicate them without affecting the crop or soil.
How Does it Work
Lasers will be targeted at the growing points of weeds in order to disrupt these and inhibit seedling growth
What are the Benefits to a Farmer / Agronomist
Farmers will be able to significantly reduce the use of herbicides and hopefully be able to control previously difficult to manage weeds.
Who are the Key UK Researchers in this Area?
University of Manchester