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How drones are helping Scots scientists to grow better potatoes

DRONES, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are used for many different purposes these days – everything from remote warfare to parcel delivery and good old-fashioned fun. But crop scientists at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute believe the aircraft can take potato breeding into the future. Resembling scaled-down stealth bombers, these remotely controlled drones are mounted with a camera and take hundreds of pictures as they fly repeated missions over the tattie fields. Surveyors then collate all the images and create a three-dimensional model of the crop. More

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