Robot automatically combats weeds

Tim Wigbels (left) and Dr. Julio Pastrana (right) with their weed recognition software which is detecting a plant and how the laser system is shooting and damage its foliage. Credit: Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

A robot that automatically identifies weeds in a field and combats them with a short laser pulse, could be the answer sustainable agriculture has been looking for. This could be the tool to helps producers avoid the use of herbicides as far as possible. Investors, Dr. Julio Pastrana and Tim Wigbels from the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the University of Bonn, are convinced that it could bring about change in the industry and are looking for funding to launch the project. Click here to read an in-depth article on the weed combatting robot. –Ursula Human, AgriOrbit