USQ Researchers Tackle Australian Agriculture’s Weed Problem

A sprayer using dye to test the accuracy of USQ’s weed maps. (Image: Centre for Agricultural Engineering, USQ.)Summary

University of Southern Queensland researchers are using drones to map farms to help form a more targeted, lower-cost and environmentally-friendly approach to eliminating weeds.
 
The aim is to develop a commercial system to reduce the use of herbicides when using existing weed-spraying technology.
 
Large volumes of aerial imagery and drone data being collected by the USQ team during the project’s current trial period are stored and managed on QCIF’s QRIScloud, a cloud computing service for Queensland researchers.
 
Weeds have a devastating economic impact on Australian agriculture. The federal Department of the Environment and Energy estimates weeds cost Australian farmers $1.5 billion a year in weed control activities and a further $2.5 billion a year in lost agricultural production.

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CQU Data Tool Eases “Mango Madness”

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CQUniversity-developed FruitMaps is a data tool that takes real-time data from multiple sources and displays them visually to provide a simple, free, online decision support tool adapted for use by farmers to assess fruit maturity and assist harvesting planning.
 
The data collections that underpin the tool are stored on QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service.
 
FruitMaps’ pilot users, farm managers in Queensland and the Northern Territory, have welcomed the data tool to help minimise crop loss and plan for resources, such as labour, at peak times.
 
FruitMaps is currently being developed for other uses, such as assessing soil quality, and quality control of coral trout exported to China, and for use with other crops important to Australia’s economy, such as citrus, bananas and avocadoes.

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Paper Miner: Big Questions in History

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What if historians could mine newspaper articles going back to the early days of Australian colonial history, and what if each of those articles were georeferenced – the content of each story pinpointed in time and space? With Paper Miner, the first steps are being taken so that this is what historians can do.

 

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The Lambert Ancient and Modern DNA Sequence Collection

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Where will we put the data when the genome sequencing comes back?

QRIScloud is helping Professor David Lambert of Griffith University's Environmental Futures Centre to solve a real dilemma: what do you do with the 50 TB of DNA sequence data you're expecting when it comes back from the sequence lab on hard disks? Where will you put it so you can work with it?

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