Trained trees: a new, low-tech method for fruit collection

Top Quote An inventor claims that a simple wooden press offers the same results as millionaire machines that use great force to shake trees. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 18, 2014 - The press trains young trees during their early years to develop a narrowing that allows easy shaking.

    Simple, but it has not been done before and the early tests indicate it is feasible.

    Fruit collection accounts for about half the price of production, whether by hand (most countries) or by machine.

    The manual collection is the norm in most parts of the world. Migrant workers must be qualified and be present in the short period of fruit ripening.

    The task is slow, boring, risky and costly.

    The new invention is a fruit tree training device that creates a narrowing in the trunk that allows easy shaking, for efficient fruit collection.

    The narrowing goes in the sense of the pressure, while a compensatory enlarging in the perpendicular free axis is developed.

    The press is loosened at collection time, and this allows the tree to be easily bent and shaken.

    The website provides more information about the idea and project, as well an interview to the inventor.

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