Soil Data Aids Prediction of Locust Swarms

Soil Data Aids Prediction of Locust Swarms

In a recently published study, the team showed that by examining soil moisture and soil composition, they could predict optimal breeding sites 85 percent of the time. The darkest shade indicates optimal soil moisture and textures (an ideal mix of sand and clay) for locust breeding. Soil moisture data was modeled using NASA’s Land Information System, and soil texture data came from the International Soil Reference and Information Centre. PlantVillage used the soil moisture data to help prioritize areas for surveying. Once optimal breeding grounds are identified, officials can spray pesticides and administer insect growth regulators in the area to kill the eggs and hoppers.

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