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

Location: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement, and Protection

Project Number: 8080-21000-032-24-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2020
End Date: Feb 28, 2022

The objective for this project is to develop an autonomous platform capable of applying ultraviolet (UV-C) light for pest management of field grown strawberries.

A prototype robot will be designed, constructed, and programmed to treat strawberry plots established in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Disease and pest control achieved with synthetic pesticides, UV-C technology alone or in combination with pesticide applications on disease-tolerant and -susceptible strawberry varieties will be assessed. A commercial scalable robot platform for deployment of robotic UV-C light technology to treat large acreage will be developed.