Authors: R. Chagnon and C. Vincent
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Description: A test bench was developed for removing insects from plants. A Biovac? inlet was mounted on a cart rolling on I beam rails. Field operations were simulated by placing plants underneath the unit to simulate a field row. Experiments were performed on strawberry plants grown in containers in a greenhouse. Mass-reared tarnished plant bugs (nymphs and adults) were marked with a fluorescent dye, then placed at various locations on the plants. The inlet was moved over the row at 2, 4, and 6 km/h. A 300-s search resulted in the localization of most (i.e. 99%) of the non-aspirated insects. The highest efficiency for insect removal was obtained with an air velocity of 30.7 mls and a travel speed of 2 km/h. Keywords: vacuum, Biovac, bug vac, tarnished plant bug, Lygus line%ris, Miridae, strawberry, punaise terne, fraisier.

Citation: R. Chagnon and C. Vincent 1996. A TEST BENCH FOR VACUUMING INSECTS FROM PLANTS. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 38(3):167-172.
Volume: 38
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Date: 1996
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