What commercial companies are working together with research institutes to bring electromagnetic solutions to production and storage problems in agriculture and horticulture?
ER radiation offers great potential but its application is crop specific in terms of killing insects without damaging plant tissue or to avoid crop damage at maturity due to short sudden periods of low temperatures. Also in seed germination. In all cases experiments are required to discover the most cost-effective radiation frequencies for the desired objectives in each different crop. See also the main Hortcom theme ‘Light & Sound’.
ER radiations has been successfully used to eradicate the Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) in walnuts at the lower frequency bands (11-90 MHz) rather than much higher microwave bands. MPRA https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/46047/1/MPRA_paper_46047.pdf
In some countries sudden falls in temperature can seriously damage pistachio and citrus crops nearing maturity. The selective absorption of ER radiation by the produce can overcome the problem without affecting the external temperature. Further research needs to be made on finding the best radiation frequencies to eradicate the Sunn pest (Eurygaster intericeps) of wheat and deterring (or killing) mites and thrips from infesting the buds of orchid flowers during cultivation. HAL archives. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00716755/document
Research work one Romania has also demonstrated the positive effect of certain frequencies of ER radiation on the germination on hybrid maize seed and the resulting fresh weight of vegetation and root length. Research Journal of Agricultural Science , 46 (4), 2014 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/92db/ac7b2fb3b1986320412da0d3f8ae8ec8bf0f.pdf