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Robots armed with UV light fight grape mildew

Robots armed with UV light fight grape mildew

Field Notes, powered by KPMG, is a weekly news update on news nationally and globally from the agri-food sector.

Ian Proudfoot

Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit

KPMG in New Zealand


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[03 June, Krishna Ramanujan, Cornell Chronicle]

Cornell AgriTech researchers are using robots to deliver ultraviolet light to grape vines at night in order to effectively treat powdery mildew. The crop disease can be devastating to a range of crops including grapes. The researchers have partnered with SAGA Robotics to develop the first commercial robotic units which will appear on the market this year. It is estimated that a typical grape grower sprays chemical fungicide for the management of powdery mildew between 10 and 15 times a year. The lamps deliver a low dose of UV light which kills the pathogen without damaging the plant.

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