closeup of strawberries growing in a row

UV Light Offers Strawberry Pest Control

Scientists at the University of Florida found that shining a UV light on strawberry fields at night provides control for the twospotted spider mite, a significant pest of strawberries. Two applications of light per week significantly reduced the number of spider mite eggs in a recent study, without affecting yield. The treatment can be used in fields or in high tunnels, and can also aid in controlling diseases on the surface of the fruit. The technology could soon be available to commercial growers.