AFR - AUTOMATED FOREST RESTORATION

Could a new generation of autonomous "dendrones" spot seed trees and transmit their GPS co-ordinates to seed collectors? Or could they collect seeds themselves with robotic arms? How about aerial seeding by drones or even auto-weeding? Could drones be programmed to spray a non-residual, systemic herbicide on weeds, without harming young trees?

Those and other cutting-edge technological solutions will be presented by a panel of expert and their possible employment for forest restoration will be evaluated during the first workshop on Automated Forest Restoration that will take place in Chiang Mai (North Thailand). The event is hosted by the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU-CMU) of the Science Faculty of the University of Chiang Mai, who carry out research to develop efficient methods to restore tropical forest ecosystems for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and carbon storage.

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