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Slug patrol - boffin's Emily Forbes and Tom Pope track slugs...very slowly.<br />
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Researchers are hoping to save the farming industry millions of pounds by fitting slugs with tracking devices for the first time - The subterranean movements of the destructive creatures has been largely unknown till now.<br />
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The pests, which cost arable farmers tens of millions a year treating crops, have been fitted with a device similar to the microchips used in cats and dogs so scientists can learn more about their movements.<br />
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The three-year project at Harper Adams University in Edgmond, Shropshire, will enable them to track the slugs even when they are underground, giving them a more accurate picture of the gastropods' behaviour.