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Gardener drone? Australian engineer develops one to plant 1 bn trees a year

The drone has been tested at abandoned mine sites in New South Wales in need of re-vegetation

IANS  |  Canberra 

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More than 15 billion trees are lost to the world every year as civilisation continues to expand

An Australian has revealed a plan to combat by drones capable of one billion every year.

Susan Graham revealed on Sunday that she had developed a capable of scanning the land for ideal places to grow then launch into the soil, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to data, accounts for 17 per cent of the world's emissions, more than the

More than 15 billion are lost to the world every year as continues to expand.

Graham said the can plant in previously inaccessible places, such as the side of steep hills.

"Although we plant about 9 billion every year, that leaves a net loss of 6 billion trees," Graham told the media.

"The rate of replanting is just too slow."

BioCarbon Engineering, the team she is working with, consists of researchers from around the world who have developed the that plants at "10 times the rate of hand planning and at 20 per cent of the cost".

Lauren Fletcher, BioCarbon CEO and former NAS) engineer, said the current design of the could carry 150 germinated at a time.

"We're firing at one a second, which means a pair of operators will be able to plant nearly 100,000 per day, 60 teams like this will get us to a billion a year," Fletcher said.

The has been tested at abandoned mine sites in New South Wales (NSW) that are in need of re-

A second has been developed for this purpose with the ability to spread over a wider area.

First Published: Sun, June 25 2017. 12:59 IST
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