2021-07-22

UF Study Gives Strawberry Growers A Ray Of (UV) Light At The End Of Their Pest Tunnel

For a few years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens. Peres even published a study this year that showed the system helps control powdery mildew. Two fellow researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have now used the same robotic UVC applicator to show that it works well to slow the spread of one strawberry pest, but not a second. The three scientists, Peres and others at UF/IFAS are trying to tamp down pests and diseases for Florida's $300 mill...
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