Spectral Imaging System for Plant Health Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
22811
Agency Tracking Number:
22811
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
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Kenneth J. Schlager
(414) 896-2650
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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