Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Insect trace drunk to promote rare bug conservation in New Zealand

SYDNEY – A “swarm” of debugging drones and small radars is being developed to help conserve rare insects in New Zealand.

The new brand-and-track technology is being developed at the University of Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand.

Researchers hope that this could lead to a deeper understanding of the endangered and endangered insects of New Zealand.

The research uses years of experience in the field of bird conservation, where radio tracking methods have helped protect many vulnerable species.

Experts said the technology could also be used for a while to study large invertebrates such as giant land snails, but for most insects simply too big and heavy.

Researchers have now made about 20 small so-called harmonic radar plates that are suitable for insects. They would then be tracked down by a “swarm” of drones.

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Steve Pawson, of the University of Engineering, says birdwatching technology has been a huge inspiration.

“They have been doing radio detection of many of these species for decades, and the information they learn from them informs the conservation management. So, to understand how far these things move, where are they going to feed, what is their feeding behavior? Even things as simple as how long things live. Unfortunately, the radio detection technology currently available is too heavy to use small insects. There are only a handful of our heaviest insects that can carry it, and therefore we are very limited in our understanding of how invertebrates move through the environment, and if we have the knowledge, we can include it in our decision making and our planning for conservation management activities. , ”Pawson said.

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Trials will start on ground-based insects before the New Zealand team tries to tackle the complexity of insect tracking during the flight. Field trials could begin in 2023.

According to academics, the study can also be applied in other disciplines, from biosafety to medical imaging.

Among the New Zealand endangered insects is the iconic Wētā. They are one of the most recognizable creatures of the South Pacific country with their large bodies, prickly legs and curved fangs.

Several species of Wētā are threatened by predators by birds and reptiles, and loss of habitat.

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