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Drone insect control is making progress

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PATS Indoor Drone Solutions is making steady progress with using mini drones for insect control.

Last year the young Dutch company, linked to aerospace engineering of TU Delft, has started testing mini drones in a greenhouse. So far PATS can perform full circle flights in a greenhouse. The drones are able to land on recharging pads and are, according to PATS, always ready for action.

Shortly, the company expects full autonomously flying. This will help further testing of multiple systems for hunting and chasing moths. Future goal is to help growers with optimizing their insect control and using less chemicals.

The mini drone project is receiving international attention. Last February, PATS demonstrated their innovation to the United States secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, at Koppert Cress. Perdue visited this company together with the US Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra. It was part of a visit to Europe discussing agriculture topics with the European Commission.

Arno Engels
Since 2000 Arno Engels has been editor of De Boomkwekerij, Dutch magazine for hardy nursery stock. Since 2018 he is also Floribusiness editor.

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