Tag Archives: Agrilaser

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Testing in the farm of Cucanoche

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In the farm of Cucanoche, most of the trials have been directed to test the operation of the autonomic laser system over mammals, especially rabbits.

The rabbits are small mammals that in some places of our peninsula can get to be considered like plagues, creating devastating damages in the cultures, and consequently, bringing numbers and numerous economic losses.

Unfortunately, until now we have not obtained reliable information that indicates a positive response from these small mammals to the application of this system. Even so, the trials will continue the next months to work with different amounts of ambient light and different moments in the life cycles of these animals.


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Testing in the rice fields of Isla Mayor in Seville

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The rice fields of Isla Mayor in Seville are one of the most important ecosystems of the province due to the large number of avian species that populate the area.

During the months of June, July and August the trials have been done with the manual laser over different bird species in order to verify and demonstrate the operation of this system on this type of animals. These tests began in mid-June and will extend till the culmination of the rice cultivation cycle.

The results have been really positive in terms of eliminating birds from the plots.

The tests indicate that factors such as the age of the animals, the time of day or the time of the breeding cycle in which they were have a direct influence on the type of the reaction obtained.

 

 


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Nutriprado in Portugal asks for help from the Life Laser Fence team

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Nutriprado is a grower of sunflower sowing seed for a multinational company. Every year there is up to 20% crop loss because of house sparrows eating the seeds in the crop. Nutriprado is spending a lot of efforts and money on getting these losses under control. Through a networking meeting with another Life project they came to know about Life Laser Fence and they asked Volterra to help finding a solution. Egbert Sonneveld visited the sites in Elvas together with Vasco Andreu from Nutriprado. Vasco explained that he employs 60 persons during 2 months every year who shoot with blanks from early morning till late evening. The noise problems and the excessive use of gun powder are less and less acceptable for the Portuguese authorities, neighbours and other stakeholders. Egbert already contacted Joep Everaets from BCG to discuss the problem and eventual solutions. Joep was sceptical about the safety issues in the area. Egbert also discussed the problem with drone expert and Life Laser Fence partner Santiago Martinez to think of a solution with UAV’s

 


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LJMU at Cheshire Farms Supreme Farm Champions Evening

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LJMU have been working with Ardens of Chester at Tile Farm (Chester, Cheshire, UK) to test the effectiveness of the Laser Fence as a deterrent for ground species.

Tile Farm were recently announced as the 2018 Cheshire Farms Competition Supreme Farm Champions. The Supreme Farm Champions are chosen as the overall winners of 5 Complete Farm Categories in Cheshire County Farms annual competition.

On 16th July, Dr. Martin Sharp, Dr. Jenny Sneddon, and Dr. Eduardo Cordova-Lopez from LJMU accepted an invitation to an open evening and farm walk at Tile farm to celebrate Ardens’ success in the Farms Competition. It was a great opportunity to promote LIFE Laser Fence to the farming community in Cheshire.