INNOVATION: Autonomous self-burying seed carriers for aerial seeding

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> Engineers develop robotic wooden seed carriers that mimic self-burying seeds, enabling aerial seeding of hard-to-reach areas (More, w/video)

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Nature. Issue Feb 16, 2023. Cover story.

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Agriculture and reforestation: Bioinspired seed carrier improves on nature.

Aerial seeding is a crucial way to cover large and otherwise inaccessible areas, and can facilitate post-fire reforestation or wildland restoration. However, when a seed lies on the surface, it can be damaged by weather conditions or eaten by wildlife, resulting in low germination rates. Seeds of various grass species can self-bury, an ability that would be advantageous if applied to different seed types.

A new biodegradable seed carrier design inspired by the self-drilling behaviour of Erodium seeds is described in a paper in Nature. The seed carrier has a higher implantation success rate than that of Erodium seeds. This technology may improve the effectiveness of aerial seeding to address agricultural and environmental stresses in degraded regions.

Authors: Danli Luo, Aditi Maheshwari, Andreea Danielescu, Jiaqi Li, Yue Yang, Ye Tao, Lingyun Sun, Dinesh K. Patel, Guanyun Wang*, Shu Yang*, Teng Zhang*, Lining Yao*. 

Collaborative Institutes: 

  • Morphing Matter Lab, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Accenture Labs
  • Zhejiang University

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Wow, what feat of engineering.  Very impressive.  A six minute video is worth watching.  

How little we know and how little we exploit what is from of our eye.

Trees on Mars is a little farfetched, but for reforestation it seems unbelievable.

I see the list of Gooferment grants funding this and unlike most of the ridiculed one (like why do fish mate), this one seems like a real winner.

Guess that excuses at least 100 boondoggles.


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