UC Merced students awarded for new ag technology


A team of student researchers at UC Merced are developing new technology to make farming more efficient and food production more sustainable.

They created a robot called iBMW. It’s a vehicle that can drive itself through fields to find crops infested by pests. The same vehicle can then treat the crop in a more precise way, using less pesticide.

The team wanted to create a tool that was affordable, the iBMW would sell for under $1,000 each. The technology just won first place at UC Berkeley’s “Big Ideas” contest, the team was awarded $10,000.

Alex Backus reports from Merced.

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