3 A Brief Overview of Radio Frequency and Microwave Applications in Agriculture

There is great potential for using radio frequency and microwave technologies to solve problems associated with agricultural production. Studies have been undertaken to use radio frequency and microwave energy: to improve crop handling, storage and preservation; to provide pest and weed control for agricultural production; for food preservation and quarantine purposes; for land survey; for automatic data acquisition and communication; and for preconditioning of products for better quality and more energy efficient processing. This chapter is concerned with radio frequency and microwave applications in the agricultural industries for purposes other than human food ...

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