The battle against the mountain pine beetle in B.C.'s Interior could be receiving a big boost from a $2.25-million funding arrangement announced Friday between the federal government and the University of Victoria.

The plan calls for the funds to be used for research into the use of remote sensors, devices that collect data from far-flung locations — often via satellites.

Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn said the technology is particularly valuable in resource-based communities that are home to such industries as mining, energy production and forestry. The mountain pine beetle is of key concern because it has damaged large tracts of forest in the province.