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Tree identification and Dutch elm disease detection using UAVs

SPS Biota have collaborated with ENVICO Technologies to use drones to enhance traditional field surveys for diseased elm trees. We have recognized the potential for drones to assist in the surveillance of large parcels of land, places with difficult access or areas that contain hazards for field staff.  The pilot...

Unwanted Pest Trapping in New Zealand Forests

SPS is carrying out a surveillance trapping trial for unwanted, new to New Zealand pest beetles and wood wasps. Flight traps with attractants have been placed in plantation forests close to urban areas in Auckland, Rotorua and Christchurch. Insects collected from the traps are identified using diagnostic characters for species known to be present in New...

Turning Over a New Leaf

We were finishing dinner with my family on Christmas Eve in our little Guiuan town on the Pacific coast when we learned that the forecasted tropical storm, which would be making landfall anytime soon, had evolved into a powerful typhoon. I knew that the house we were renting had resisted...

Planting Seeds of Hope

Being visionary in Eastern Samar is like going against the tides and monsoons in the Pacific. It was back in 2015, when I first met Luis Bayarong, the president of FEA Agrarian Reform Cooperative, in the small sleepy town of Guiuan. The town made into all major world headlines in...

Savai’i Cocoa Farmers Reclaim Back Their Lost Fame

“Bring the beans over here,” Leah says to a farmer, who came along with his two sons from Vaisala village. “70 kg of wet beans,” Leah records in her notebook and hands 140 tala over to the farmer. “This is twice higher volume what this farmer was usually bringing three...