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1. (WO2013147962) THERMAL PLANT TREATMENT AND A MACHINE TO APPLY THE TREATMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/147962    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/000092
Publication Date: Fri Oct 04 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Sat Mar 23 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: A01G 13/00
A01G 13/06
A01G 13/08
Applicants: FISHER, Martin
Inventors: FISHER, Martin
DAWSON, Art
Title: THERMAL PLANT TREATMENT AND A MACHINE TO APPLY THE TREATMENT
Abstract:
The invention relates to a method of impacting the fruit production of a plant or crop by applying short-duration thermal shock streams of hot air to the plant periodically to impact the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway mechanisms in a plant thereby improving its fruit. The method includes the steps of (1) passing by the plant in a row at a speed of 1- 5 mph in an improved Thermal Plant Treatment (TPT) machine, (2) ejecting from the TPT machine at least one hot stream of air in the direction of the unit plant area for no more than 15 seconds per unit plant area per pass, (3) optionally measuring the thermal shock profile that the plant is subjected with thermal sensors, and (4) repeating the thermal shock profile treatment steps (1) and (2) at pre-determined regular intervals over at least a fraction of the crop year.