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Spectral Imaging System for Plant Health Monitoring

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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1994 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Biotronics Technologies, Inc.
W226 N555B Eastmound Drive Waukesha, WI 53186
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Spectral Imaging System for Plant Health Monitoring
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $70,000.00


This proposal represents a joint small business/university development effort to investigate the problem of plant health monitoring and to evolve a preliminary design of a spectral imaging system. Biotronics Technologies, as the small business SBIR proposer, has extensive background in the development of spectral and spatial imaging systems and has proven its capability to convert a set of requirements into a system concept and a system concept into a working electro-optical instrumentation system. The Bioresource Engineering of Rutgers University, the university partner in the proposal, brings a rich storehouse of knowledge and a leading edge research program in horticultural systems in which machine vision systems and spectral analysis have played a major role. This program is guided by an interdisciplinary systems approach to plant production systems that recognizes an interconnected nature of a system such as CELSS. Plant health monitoring development in the proposed program will examine the potential of on-line/real-time measurements from the easily observed and well understood (environment) through the increasingly difficult functions described below: 1. Water uptake and transpiration; 2. Plant nutrients; and 3. Plant disease diagnosis. The end Phase I product will be a preliminary spectral imaging system designed to serve as the springboard for Phase II development.

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth J. Schlager

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Biotronics Technologies, Inc.
W226 N555B East Mound Drive Waukesha, WI 53186

Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No