Today (31/01/23), new cucumber plants arrived at PSKW. The trial starting today will be the last trial by the research station in the Interreg project UV-robot. 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
|Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt||Lieve Wittemansemail@example.com||Belgium|
|STC Research Foundation||Lauren Branfieldfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Roboscientific Limited||Stan Curtisemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Comité d’Action Technique et Economique||Marine Guerretfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Comité Départemental de Développement Maraîche||Brigitte Pelletieremail@example.com||France|
|NIAB EMR||Helen Cockertonfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
Fruit rot (Botrytis) is a big problem in the cultivation of strawberry. At the moment growers perform biological and chemical sprayings during flowering period to control this disease. Read More
After the optimisation of powdery mildew management with UV-C-light in cucumber cultivation at the Research Station of Vegetable Production (Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt or PSKW), it is time to examine the effects of UV-C light on other pests, disease or biologicals. In a first trial we showed that UV-C-light is able to control spider mite populations. Read More
Research centre Hoogstraten tested in 2022 the control of tomato russet mite (TRM) with UV-C applications. It was a dosage trial with doses of 30 – 60 – 120 J/m² compared with a blanc object without UV-C. Read More
UV-C treatments were given at day and night time, three times a week. Read More
Within the framework of the Work-Package LT, a survey has been performed to figure out how much the European growers would be interested in the new solution developed by the UV-Robot project and what would be their eventual needs regarding this new technology. Read More
In the UV-ROBOT project we developed a UV-C – IPM strategy to control powdery mildew in strawberry. We conclude that a strategy based on 3 times a week UV-C night application is able to control powdery mildew. Read More
Stockbridge Technology Centre in Yorkshire, England was responsible for conducting trials to determine if UV-C light could be successfully incorporated into an Integrated Pest Management Strategy in basil crop production. Read More
In March, cucumbers were planted at the research station for vegetable production in Sint-Katelijne-Waver to further develop the IPM-strategy against powdery mildew with a UV-C robot. Read More
Previous research showed that a 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) night time UV-C application of 110 J/m2 is effective in controlling powdery mildew. Read More
24/09/2022: International Mechanisation and Demonstration fair (BE) – The use of UV-C light in strawberry production (with demonstration in greenhouse), Research Centre Hoogstraten
During the International Mechanisation and Demonstration fair at Research Centre Hoogstraten we will discuss the use of UV-C light in strawberry production to control powdery mildew, but also other diseases and pests. We will take a deep dive into the most import results of the Interreg NWE UV-ROBOT project and will visit the trial in our greenhouse to see the robot in action.
24 September 2022; 10h00-17h00; Proefcentrum Hoogstraten, Voort 71, 2328 Meerle
Proefcentrum Hoogstraten organize a workshop about ‘Autonomous UV-C application on tabletop strawberries to control mildew: optimization and computability with IPM’. The workshop on September 18 2019 takes place in Hoogstraten and starts at 7 pm.
Location: Proefcentrum Hoogstraten, Voort 71, 2328 Meerle
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