Automated Monitoring of the Rhizosphere using a Microbial Sensor

Automated Monitoring of the Rhizosphere using a Microbial Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018495
Agency Tracking Number: 0000234278
Amount: $224,288.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: 22a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001770
Small Business Information
6100 South Maple Avenue, Suite 114, Tempe, AZ, 85283-2872
DUNS: 055890185
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Burge
 (480) 968-5141
 burge@burgenv.com
Business Contact
 Scott Burge
Phone: (480) 968-5141
Email: burge@burgenv.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An automated, real-time monitoring system for the determination of redox and microbial activity in unsaturated zone and/or the rhizosphere environments- This would allow for improved characterization of the subsurface environments- The sensor system is based on microbial fuel cell technology- The sensor system is composed of an anode, cathode and measurement circuitry- Neither the anode or cathode assemblies require the presence of an aqueous solution- Therefore, the system may be deployed in dry oxidizing soils- There is currently no commercially available technology for unsaturated zones for the measurement of soil potentials in dry soils-

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