German dogs to sniff out wildlife at building sites to speed up work

Could dog noses find the key to a better build site German dogs to sniff out wildlife at building sites to speed up work Parking lots, roads and railway lines could all become gold…

German dogs to sniff out wildlife at building sites to speed up work

Could dog noses find the key to a better build site

German dogs to sniff out wildlife at building sites to speed up work

Parking lots, roads and railway lines could all become gold mines for life, if a new project is a success.

By harnessing the same abilities to locate toxic petrochemicals used in car engines, engineers from the Federal Institute for Materials Science (BMZ) hope to prevent roads from becoming bogged down.

So far the project has included 800 computers and some 50,000 German dogs to try and find the crucial missing link – either in detecting the substances or in identifying the composition of animals such as dogs, foxes and domestic cats they are trying to find.

Sceptics may see the proposal as wishful thinking. But Werner Schachte, a zoologist from the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland, believes the techniques used in the project will soon become a mainstream approach.

Schachte is the international chairman of the study, which involves scientists from countries around the world. The results of the project could lead to better life and water quality and reduce risks from pollution caused by surface and underground man-made waste sites.

Large-scale development in Britain was halted, at least temporarily, by the publication of a report that showed pavement dust could cause cancer for humans.

The BMZ’s project will be published this month.

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