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Imaging and Analyzing Plant Stresses in the Ag-Ecology

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASASTTR-01-8
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1 Piper Road
Lexington, MA 02421
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Lussier
 (781) 642-0842
Business Contact
 Robert Lussier
Title: President
Phone: (781) 862-0260
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts
 Lyle Craker
Stockbridge Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

 (413) 545-2347
 Nonprofit college or university

The proposed R/R&D effort will obtain new improved, in situ measurements of vegetation using a computer-based fluorescence imaging system that images and processes the plant's cellular energy emissions to quantify and diagnose the plant's photosynthetic pathways. With multi-spectral bandwidths and image processing which increase the system's sensitivity, fluorescence-imaging diagnoses early plant stresses, pre-symptom, days to weeks before the unseen symptoms become visible. The R/R&D effort will test the pre-symptom detection of difficult vascular and root pathogen stresses, nutrient deficiencies, water and other environmental stresses in tomato, corn and soybean. The test program will also serve to test the system's diagnosis of the imposed stresses. The plant stress test program and data acquisition will develop and provide a base-line, plant stress image database for input to NASA science databases. In addition, the innovation is important as a ground-based imaging system that detects, quantifies and diagnoses plant stress and physiological characteristics as ground-truth data, meeting a NASA need for validating Remote Sensing systems. ~000142 ~

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