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Permalink Mesh Screen Improves Efficiency of Spray Administration

Researchers at MIT have found that using a mesh screen to disperse spray droplets helps them adhere to their targets more effectively. Larger droplets are less likely to be blown off-target, but smaller droplets batter leaves less and stick to them better when the drops make contact. Using a stainless-steel mesh screen to break up droplets just before they reach the plant captures the benefits of both methods, according to this research. With current spray methods of applying pesticide and fertilizer, as much as 95% of the product misses or bounces off the intended target. This improved spraying method could result in dramatic reductions in pesticide and fertilizer use in agriculture.

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