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Farmers Using UV-C Light to Reduce Incidence of Powdery Mildew

Funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI), Carrie Meadows at LEDs Magazine reports, the Illumination for Plant Health (IPH) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently made available instructions for farmers to build their own mobile ultraviolet (UV) device that attaches to a tractor as a way to manage pests and plant diseases in agricultural applications. UV-C lamps that produce 254-nm radiation have been shown to reduce the incidence of powdery mildew, and possibly other crop-degrading pathogens and insect activity. The IPH team has provided what appears to be an excellent overview on its “Dragon”…
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