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

Reporter: WHILE The SPECIALLY TRAINED DOG HITS THE GROUND RUNNING READY TO SNIFF OUT THE FATAL FUNGUS. YOU'RE RUNNING THE SAMPLES NOW. IF WE CAN GET ON IT FAST ENOUGH, THEN WE MAY BE ABLE TO AT LEAST CONTAIN IT UNTIL WE GO FISHING FIGURE OUT A New CURE. Reporter: SCENT-TRAINED DOGS ARE BEING USED TO SMELL THE FUNCTION AND US FIND SICK TREES BEFORE THE DEATH SENTENCE SETS IN. YOU READY? COME ON. LET'S GO. HE'S JUST STARTING OUT TRAINING. WE'RE USING a MULTI-SPECTRAL CAMERA WHICH IS ABLE TO SEE DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS WITH DIFFERENT THAN THE HUMAN EYE. GOOD GIRL. AND THAT FUNGUS CAN JUMP FROM TREE TO TREE EASILY SPREADING THROUGH THE ROOT SYSTEM, TURNING THE TREE INTO TRASH IN JUST SIX WEEKS. ALL RIGHT, COBRA. Reporter: BUT SOMETHING IS BEING DONE. Reporter: A New DRONE DOES THE DIRTY WORK, HIGH ABOVE THE TREE TOPS. FLORIDA IS ONLY SECOND TO CALIFORNIA AS THE NATION'S LARGEST PRODUCER OF AVOCADOS. SO THAT SCIENTISTS FROM FIU CAN TREAT THE TREES FUNGICIDE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. IF NOTHING IS DONE THIS GROVE IS GOING TO BE GONE IN NO TIME. IT'S COMPLETELY DEAD AT THIS POINT.



IF YOU LOVE GUACAMOLE OR The SLICE OF AVOCADO ON YOUR SANDWICH LISTEN UP BECAUSE THERE IS The http://rottweiler2000.org FAST-SPREADING FUNGUS TAKING OVER NUMEROUS AVOCADO GROSS IN FLORIDA. Laurie Jennings: BUT THE SOLUTION COULD BE Any COMBINATION OF DRONES AND DOGS DENT DECEASED TREES. AND WHAT YOU CAN SEE IS THAT THE BEETLE AND THE FUNGUS HAVE JUST SPREAD THROUGH THIS, DECIMATING THIS GROVE. READY? Reporter: THE DRONE AND THE DOGS -- GOOD GIRL. 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: MUCH LIKE DISCOVERING DRUGS ARE BOMBS, THESE DOGS ARE FINDING FUNGUS BEFORE THE EXPERTS EVEN KNOW IT'S THERE. ANIMAL ADVOCATE JACEY BIRCH SHOWS US HOW THEY HOPE TO SAVE THE DAY. HEY, KOBERA. Reporter: THE AMBROSIA BEETLE FILLED WITH FILLING THESE TREES WITH Any FATAL FUN US WHICH WIPES OUT THE TREES BY SHUTTING DOWN THE VASCULAR SYSTEM. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND RUN HER THIS WAY. 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

. Reporter: -- WORK IN TANDEM, DETECTING DECEASED TREES THAT THREATEN TO WIPE OUT Any $54 MILLION SPLIT SUNSHINE STATE

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