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Use of Ultraviolet Light to Suppress Powdery Mildew in Strawberry Fruit Production Fields

See We designed and deployed an apparatus to apply UV light for suppression of powdery mildew in open field production of strawberry. The unit was evaluated in a commercial production field for one season, and for two additional seasons in open field research plots at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. The apparatus contained two 180 cm long hemicylindrical arrays of twenty 55 W low-pressure discharge UV-C lamps (operated at 30 W; peak wavelength 254 nm) backed by polished aluminum reflectors covering two adjacent beds of the strawberry planting. The lamp arrays were suspended…
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