Agriculture Systems and Technology
Automated berry processing systems often damage the fruit, which results in lower proﬁtability for growers and marketers. To counter this, a University of Georgia-led research team is developing an advanced sensor system to help harvest and process fresh-market highbush blueberries at high-speed and with low yield loss. The second-generation berry impact recording device (BIRD) is one part of a multi-faceted effort being funded NIFA. In addition to BIRD, researchers are using a $2.4 million Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant to develop high throughput phenotyping technology and a semi-mechanical harvest-aid system.
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