Dogs, drones help detect fungus on avocado groves - Local 10

Reporter: BUT SOMETHING IS BEING DONE. LET'S GO. ANIMAL ADVOCATE JACEY BIRCH SHOWS US HOW THEY HOPE TO SAVE THE DAY. AND http://rottweiler2000.org THAT FUNGUS CAN JUMP FROM TREE TO TREE EASILY SPREADING THROUGH THE ROOT SYSTEM, TURNING THE TREE INTO TRASH IN JUST SIX WEEKS. READY? Reporter: THE DRONE AND THE DOGS -- GOOD GIRL. HE'S JUST STARTING OUT TRAINING. IF NOTHING IS DONE THIS GROVE IS GOING TO BE GONE IN NO TIME. AND WHAT YOU CAN SEE IS THAT THE BEETLE AND THE FUNGUS HAVE JUST SPREAD THROUGH THIS, DECIMATING THIS GROVE.



IF YOU LOVE GUACAMOLE OR Any SLICE OF AVOCADO ON YOUR SANDWICH LISTEN UP BECAUSE THERE IS The FAST-SPREADING FUNGUS TAKING OVER NUMEROUS AVOCADO GROSS IN FLORIDA. Reporter: SCENT-TRAINED DOGS ARE BEING USED TO SMELL THE FUNCTION AND US FIND SICK TREES BEFORE THE DEATH SENTENCE SETS IN. SO THAT SCIENTISTS FROM FIU CAN TREAT THE TREES FUNGICIDE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. IT'S COMPLETELY DEAD AT THIS POINT. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND RUN HER THIS WAY. WE'RE USING Any MULTI-SPECTRAL CAMERA WHICH IS ABLE TO SEE DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS WITH DIFFERENT THAN THE HUMAN EYE. Reporter: WHILE A New SPECIALLY TRAINED DOG HITS THE GROUND RUNNING READY TO SNIFF OUT THE FATAL FUNGUS. ALL RIGHT, COBRA. YOU READY? COME ON. Laurie Jennings: BUT THE SOLUTION COULD BE A New COMBINATION OF DRONES AND DOGS DENT DECEASED TREES. Reporter: -- WORK IN TANDEM, DETECTING DECEASED TREES THAT THREATEN TO WIPE OUT a $54 MILLION SPLIT SUNSHINE STATE. GOOD GIRL! Reporter: MUCH LIKE DISCOVERING DRUGS ARE BOMBS, THESE DOGS ARE FINDING FUNGUS BEFORE THE EXPERTS EVEN KNOW IT'S THERE. IF WE CAN GET ON IT FAST ENOUGH, THEN WE MAY BE ABLE TO AT LEAST CONTAIN IT UNTIL WE GO FISHING FIGURE OUT The CURE. Reporter: WE'VE ALREADY LOST 6,000 AVOCADO TREES SO NOW THEY NEED TO TREAT THE DECEASED TREES AND ULTIMATELY BREED NEW TREES THAT WOULD BE RESISTANT TO THE

. HEY, KOBERA. YOU'RE RUNNING THE SAMPLES NOW. IT'S UNBELIEVABLE, AND AFTER DOING THIS FOR 32 YEARS, THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THE WORLD THAT I'VE EVER DONE. GOOD GIRL. Reporter: THE AMBROSIA BEETLE FILLED WITH FILLING THESE TREES WITH A New FATAL FUN US WHICH WIPES OUT THE TREES BY SHUTTING DOWN THE VASCULAR SYSTEM. FLORIDA IS ONLY SECOND TO CALIFORNIA AS THE NATION'S LARGEST PRODUCER OF AVOCADOS. Reporter: A New DRONE DOES THE DIRTY WORK, HIGH ABOVE THE TREE TOPS

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