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Research Project: Using a Robot for UV-C/Dark Treatments of Field-Grown Strawberries for Control of Fungal Diseases and Arthropod Pests

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-032-027-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2020
End Date: Sep 30, 2023

The objective for this project is to develop an autonomous platform for small growers to deploy the UV-C light technology for pest management and for use on field grown strawberries.

ARS will compare disease and pest control achieved with synthetic pesticides, UV-C technology alone or in combination with pesticide applications on disease-tolerant and -susceptible varieties. Successful deployment of the UV-C light technology using a robot will make commercialization possible and contribute to more sustainable strawberry production.