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Researchers Use Robots To Track Invasive Carp

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Researchers at the University of Minnesota and two other schools will use a $2 million grant to develop robotic boats that track radio-tagged carp.

It’s a new approach to help biologists control the population of the invasive common carp which has muddied North American lakes, rivers and wetlands. Minnesota fish biology professor Peter Sorensen says the project is a little bit of science fiction, but it’s an approach that makes sense. The researchers will devise robotic boats that will follow the movement patterns of the carp and identify large groups that can be netted and removed more easily.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Johns Hopkins University and Central State University in Ohio scientists will participate in the research funded by the National Science Foundation.

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