The UV-ROBOT trial on tomato has started in march at the research station in Hoogstraten (Belgium). Read More
UV - ROBOT - Innovative UV-robotics to improve existing IPM strategies and to benefit farmers, consumers and the environment
An important disease in many crops is mildew. Current horticultural practices rely on intensive pesticide use to counter it. However, the use of chemical crop protection results in spray residues on the harvested product and mildew infections cannot always be prevented. Scientific research showed that UV-C light has the potential to become a sustainable alternative for chemical mildew control. The application of UV-C still need to be optimized and automation is required to allow introduction in horticulture. UV-ROBOT will try to tackle these issues and has three main goals:
- Develop robots for autonomous mildew control
- Integrate UV-C in current IPM strategies
- Implement the innovation by growers
In the course of the project we will develop, test and demonstrate cost-effective UV-C robots to control mildew in three types of crops:
- Spherical: strawberry
- Vertical: tomato and cucumber
- Horizontal: lettuce and basil
Horticultural experts in Belgium and the UK will together find ways to incorporate UV-C in current IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies of each crop. Belgian expertise in automation and French expertise in data analysis will jointly develop innovative robots that can autonomously apply UV-C. On top, the co-creation of innovative sensors for automatic mildew monitoring by a UK partner specialized in e-nose development will reduce the farmers’ workload and ensure tight disease control.
At the end of the project the developed robots will be available for growers with a user-friendly interface and a crop specific implementation strategy. Demonstration across the NWE region and extensive communication during and after the project will inform growers to ensure innovation roll-out. We hereby aim to lower growers’ dependence on chemical crop protection and thereby reduce pesticide use and spray residues in horticulture across North-West Europe.
Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt
STC Research Foundation
Stockbridge House Cawood
Selby, Norh Yorkshire
30 rue Marconi
Mt St Aignan
181 Wisbech Road
Comité d’Action Technique et Economique
Comité Départemental de Développement Maraîche
1 Maisons des Maraichers –, la métairie neuve
Pont St Martin
1 New Road, East Malling
UK ME19 6BJ
|Proefcentrum Hoogstraten||Marieke Vervoort||
|Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt||Lieve Wittemansfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|STC Research Foundation||James Townsendemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Roboscientific Limited||Stan Curtisfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Comité d’Action Technique et Economique||Marine Guerretemail@example.com||France|
|Comité Départemental de Développement Maraîche||Brigitte Pelletierfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|NIAB EMR||Richard Harrison||Richard.email@example.com||United Kingdom|
Last winter we, the research station for vegetable production in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, investigated the ideal UV-C dose to efficiently combat Bremia lactucae in lettuce, without damaging the crop. Read More
An update on the simulation and optimisation of the robot treatment process can be found here! Read More
Project update during the annual face-to-face meeting with all project partners... Read More
Recent improvements of the robot vehicle can be found here. Read More
More information on the problem with downy mildew of Basil, its challenges for growers and researchers, and the project plan of STC Research Foundation (North Yokshire, UK) can be found here. Read More
Read here about the dection of mildew in the air by VOC analysis! Read More
Applying UV-C to strawberry during the night suppresses more effectively mildew than application during daytime. Read about it here! Read More
The experiments on lettuce have started. For this, horizontal UV-C robots have been developed. Read More
Results of the effect of UVc on powdery mildew in cucumber. Read about it here. Read More
Marieke Vervoort (PCH) will present a poster about ‘Autonomous UV-C application on tabletop strawberries to control mildew: optimization and computability with IPM’ at the APS annual meeting in Ohio.
The International Symposium on Advanced Technologies and Management for Innovative Greenhouses takes this year place in Angers. More information about this event can be found on https://www.greensys2019.org/. Marieke Vervoort (PCH) will give a presentation about Autonomous application of UV-C as an alternative to fungicides for powdery mildew control in strawberry table top cultivations.
At the beginning of February, the North American Strawberry Symposium takes place in Florida (US). The program of this event can be found on https://nasga.org/pdf/-2018/2019SymposiumFullProgram.pdf?V2. Marieke Vervoort (PCH) has a presentation about autonomous UV-C application on
tabletop strawberries to control mildew: optimalization and compatibility with IPM
On 31/01/2019 CATE (Comité d’Action Technique et Economique) will participate to “SMARTAGRI #3, Digital to the benefit of plants”. CATE will promote the UV-robot project. More information about this event can be found on http://www.smartagri.bzh/.
10/01/2019:International Soft Fruit Conference - Autonomous UV-C application to control mildew in strawberry: optimization and compatibility with IPM, 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen Oude Engelenseweg 1 5222 AA ‘s-Hertogenbosch The Netherlands
The results of UV-C application on strawberry to supress mildew will be presented by Marieke Vervoort (researcher strawberry, research centre Hoogstraten (Belgium)) at the International Soft Fruit Conference on January 10 2019. The presentation is entitled "Autonomous UV-C application to control mildew in strawberry: optimization and compatibility with IPM".
For more information or to subscribe for this event: http://www.softfruitconference.com/#programme2019