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STTR Phase I: Precision Plant Irrigation Control Utilizing Leaf Thickness…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84954
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0712605
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AgriHouse
307 Welch Ave 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE Berthoud, CO 80512 1556
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: STTR Phase I: Precision Plant Irrigation Control Utilizing Leaf Thickness Sensor Technology
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0712605
Award Amount: $149,988.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project will develop an innovative method that enables reliable feedback for plant irrigation control by direct detection of impending water deficit stress (WDS) in plants. This technology indicates water deficit stress of living plants by measuring the thickness of leaves, which decreases dramatically at the onset of leaf dehydration. The proposed method overcomes the obstacle of traditional methods for determining the thickness of living plant leaves, measuring leaf thickness non-destructively, gently, reliably, conveniently, with high resolution, and in real-time. This novel real-time leaf sensor technology is non-destructive to the plants and can be used on a wide number of species. The proposed leaf sensor can easily be miniaturized and automated without hindering plant cycles. It combines concepts of engineering and plant physiology while employing recent technological advances in electronics and information technologies. Early detection of impending water deficit stress in plants may be used as an input parameter for precision irrigation control, a strategy which has the potential to preserve enormous amounts of precious freshwater while ensuring successful plant cultivation and crop yield optimization. Such a device may find commercial applications in agricultural sectors or the greenhouse industry. The research would develop this novel method into a sensor that is applicable reliably, conveniently, and permanently under field conditions. This research implements this novel real-time leaf sensor-technology into an automated irrigation system as a proof-of-concept demonstration, and evaluates its performance in terms of reliable plant cultivation and its potential for water conservation under realistic farming conditions.

Principal Investigator:

Richard J. Stoner
Mr
9705323554
rstoner@aeroponics.com

Business Contact:

Richard J. Stoner
PhD
9705323554
rstoner@aeroponics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AgriHouse
307 Welch Ave 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE Berthoud, CO 80512

EIN/Tax ID: 841251118
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Univ of CO Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Room 481, 572 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Contact: Hans-Diter S. Seelig
Contact Phone: (970) 532-3554
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university