Evaluation of Electrostatic Spraying Equipment in a Greenhouse Pepper Crop
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Author/sSánchez-Hermosilla López, Julián; Pérez Alonso, José; Martínez Carricondo, Patricio Jesús; Carvajal Ramírez, Fernando; Agüera Vega, Francisco
Greenhouse vegetable production is of great importance in southern Europe. It is a cultivation system characterised by a high planting density and environmental conditions that favour the development of pests and diseases. Although alternatives to chemical pest and disease control have been used over recent years in greenhouse crops, it is still mostly plant protection products that are used to protect crops and prevent crop losses. Hand-held spraying equipment is mainly used to apply plant protection products to this type of crop. This equipment is technologically basic, offering low deposition efficiency in the plant canopy, high losses to the ground, and a high risk of worker exposure. In this context, it is important to utilise technologies that reduce the problems associated with using the conventional hand-held sprayers in greenhouses. This study evaluated the deposition and uniformity in the plant canopy and the losses to the ground when applying plant protection products with a...
plant protection products