Drone pest management

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 30 September 2022 21:51

Description of the innovative solution

Artificial intelligence Collaboration Digital platform Food biodiversity Precision agriculture Preservation Sensors Monitoring/Surveillance Food safety

In the face of climate change, pest infestations on agricultural land are becoming more and more of a problem and the sustainability of our future food systems relies greatly on our ability to adopt and create innovative solutions in pest management. Drone based pest management offers a way to monitor crop pest infestation and implement precision control systems to control pest infestations, prevent unnecessary chemical use, and reduce harvest losses. This pest management practice uses drones to monitor croplands creating a map of pest infestations and allowing for quick identification of pest infested areas. After identifying infested areas, drones that specialize in precision based control systems take steps to reduce those infestations. The drones do this either by releasing limited amounts of pesticides or a small amount of the pest’s natural predators onto the infested areas. Other precision based techniques, in drone based pest management, used to reduce pest populations consist of releasing sterile insects and releasing pheromones to confuse the insects. Drone based pest management is a fairly noninvasive technique that reduces the normal toll that pest management usually takes on the crops. Proximately, drone based pest management will prevent pest outbreaks and reduce pest populations through the application of precise pest management techniques and strategies. Ultimately, drone based pest management will help us adapt to climate change, increase planetary health, and improve food security.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Food safety Climate adaptation Increasing agrobiodiversity

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action



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Drones: Innovative Technology for Use in Precision Pest Management
Scientific paper
Provides an outline of drone pest management to detect crop pest infestation using sensing technologies and through precision pest management practices.


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