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First Advisor

Svetlana Nikitina

Date

2012

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to find a permanent solution for controlling parrot infestations that damage corn crops at the San Francisco Agricultural High School in Paraguay. The school is unable to grow corn to feed its livestock because Nanday Parakeets consume or damage virtually the entire crop. Our team researched and developed a range of cost-effective, environmentally-friendly strategies to combat the parrots, and presented them to a representative of the school. This year, this school will be conducting two corn trials based on our recommendations: one using a helikite, another using grocery bag covers. If our solutions are successful and corn crops are saved from parrot infestations, the school should be able to provide livestock feed and could thus allocate additional funds to the students’ needs. If proven effective, our proposed solution could serve as a model for other small farmers in the region who could protect their corn crops as well.

Keywords

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

application/pdf

Parrots, Go Away!


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