Drones for pollination research?

Amy recently attended a two day UAVair drone course at UNE SMART farm to learn how this technology can be applied to pollination ecology research. From this, the Rader lab are hoping to use drones to map and identify vegetation around orchards and farms in an effort to better understand the interaction between plants and pollinators within agroecosystems. Amy was surprised at how much training and certification is required before a drone can be used in the field, let alone the experience needed to accurately map useful data!