Scientists use agritech to plant a billion new trees by 2028

A team of scientists and engineers based in Canada have committed to planting a billion trees by 2028, with the assistance of drones technology.

In an agritech project they have named Flash Forest, the team has already successfully planted 100 trees using heavy-lift drones equipped with a pneumatic (gas-operated) firing device, which is designed to deliver pods directly into the soil.

Alongside the seeds themselves the drones also deliver pods of nutrient-rich soil packed around three pre-germinated seeds, mycorrhizae and fertilisers.

Each drone is capable of shooting around one pod per second into the ground.

An initial pilot test in August 2019 saw over 3,100 trees planted by drones, including White Spruce, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Red Maple, White Birch, Sugar Maple, Douglas Fir, and Balsam Fir.

The science and engineering graduates behind the project claim their methods are 10 times faster and 20 percent cheaper than normal tree planting techniques.

They hope this will enable them to efficiently target areas which have been harvested and ravaged by wild fires saying they plan to "focus on a full ecosystem recovery by planting certain kinds of plants that thrive in synergy.