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Precision pollination for improved nutrition and shelf-life


Project objectives

Are we achieving complete levels of pollination to maximise nutrition and shelf-life in protected strawberry? AgriSound has developed a sensor that employs acoustic detection methods to detect and count functional groups of insects, including pollinators. NIAB will test if it can measure pollinator activity within strawberry crops and if it will allow growers to detect areas of high or low pollinator activity which could negatively affect the crop. The team will also assess new tools (produced by PheroSyn) that will redirect insect activity from areas with excessive pollination to those with insufficient pollination. Funded by Innovate UK and Better Food for All

Lead Researcher: Sarah Arnold
Industry: Fruit
Industry partners: AgriSound, CHAP, PheroSyn, Biobest
Topic: Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds)
Funded by: Innovate UK
Project start date: Sep-2023
Project end date: Aug-2025