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October 29. 2013 11:50AM

UNH deploys drones to battle apple scab


Less desirable "utility apples" head down the chute towards a conveyor belt which takes them to machine where they are peeled, cored and then sliced for use in apple pies and pastries. 


For apple growers in the eastern United States, the biggest problem -- the most relentless, pervasive, unavoidable issue, which can ruin a whole crop if not managed aggressively -- is apple scab. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are working on a new tool to combat the apple scourge: A drone.

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