DISPERSAL MACHINES

Dispersal Machines is one of the three projects developed in Argentina, within the context of my postdoctoral work entitled Symbiotic tactics (2013-2016).

The project proposes interventions in agricultural systems, systems to which most humans have no direct physical relationship to. We might eat corn or soya on an everyday basis, or consume, in one way or another, some of their by-products, but we normally do not participate in the environments where soya or corn grow. Their ecologies are invisible to the urban dweller, where most human population is concentrated. Based on the ecological concept of response diversity, the project ideates devices that complement, supplement and/or maintain the activities of beings that participate in different processes such as soil fertilizing, while acting as biological “pest” controllers at different scales.

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Detail, models for dispersal of parasited eggs.

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Telenomus remus parasitizing eggs of Spodoptera frugiperda. (Photo: Beto Peralta).

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On the left, eggs of Spodoptera, beside the darker eggs after being parasited.

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Process, capturing bats with nets to identify species.

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Captures of bats to identify species.

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Study of bat to identify species.

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Bat refuge in the field.