Spectral Imaging System for Plant Health Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22811
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
W226 N555B East Mound Drive, Waukesha, WI, 53186
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth J. Schlager
 (414) 896-2650
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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.

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