Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward Off Citrus Greening (News Wise)

Automated System Would Deliver Chemicals to Help Ward Off Citrus Greening

Imagine using a robotic arm to grip and puncture the trunk of a citrus tree to deliver chemicals into the vascular parts of the plant, reducing its susceptibility to the citrus greening disease.

Ozgur Batuman, an assistant professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, leads a team of researchers trying to make the automated delivery system a reality to help growers deal with the disease. Greening has led to huge losses for Florida’s multi-billion-dollar-a-year citrus industry.

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