Tree Frog Forestry News

The future of planting? Seeds from the sky

By Madeleine Bower
Sydney Morning Herald
February 13, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New drone technology is being developed with the capability of planting 40,000 trees a day. Crowd-funded start-up AirSeed Technologies has developed a drone system that can plant seeds on a mass scale, firing specially encased seed pods into the ground at a rate of 2 seeds per second. AirSeed co-founder Andrew Walker believes this is a significant step in the restoration of deforested and bushfire effected areas. Last month Australia saw one of the worst fire seasons on record, with extreme weather events predicted to become more frequent. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimates that 8.4 million hectares have been burnt, with forests expected to take decades to recover. “Deforestation leads to a reduced amount of carbon sequestration. So it means more C02 … we’re getting more wildfires, which is ultimately destroying more habitat. So our goal is to help,” Mr Walker said.

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