Australia: Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland, Tim Mulherin said that scientific trials have been conducted in the use of high tech imagery for the purpose of detecting fire ant colonies using remote sensing technology. The data is currently being analysed by staff from Biosecurity Queensland and the University of Sydney, with preliminary results expected in November.
“While the remote sensing technology is refined over the next two years an aggressive containment program will be deployed so fire ants do not spread further. We believe eradication is possible, we know that if we can find the ants we can kill them. The issue is finding better ways to detect the ants,” Mulherin said.
With adequate funding from all State Governments and the Federal Government, Biosecurity Queensland can continue to apply these effective methods of detection and eradication of fire ants, to prevent their spread to other states of Australia.
Source: Media News Wire