Autonomous field robot offers protection against pests

Entrepreneur Adam Stager, a former postdoctoral fellow at the University of Delaware and founder of TRIC Robotics, is working on chemical-free methods to help strawberry farmers improve yield using an autonomous field robot.

It is difficult to predict when pests will appear in the growing cycle, making regular treatment necessary and costly for farmers. The TRIC Robotics team led by Stager, in which several UD students are involved, has developed an autonomous field robot that can move up and down the rows in a strawberry field and offers the strawberries themselves non-chemical pest protection. The field robot uses UVC light technology developed by USDA scientists.

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