Navigation Links
Food science: increasing crop yields

Protein-containing plants are staples in the diets of all countries. The ability to produce enough crops is essential to the well-being of all citizens, for people have to have enough to eat before they can advance to higher endeavors.

Uncontrollable changes in weather such as the amount of rainfall, the occurrence of frost, wind erosion, etc., can be detrimental to the success of a harvest. The stress in plants induced by these effects may be mitigated or at least partially counterbalanced by the informed use of irrigation, fertilizers, and so forth. To take steps to offset stress, a farmer must know what steps to take while the crop is still growing and before it is too late to be of any benefit.

Figure 1 shows spectra taken from two different soy plants (one stressed and one unstressed) in situ: both were still growing in the field. The FLUOROLOGs double-emission monochromator rejected possible stray-light interference that might have hidden the relevant features. In addition, the fiber-optic accessory permitted direct observation of these samples that were obviously too large to fit in a normal sample compartment.

The data in Figure 1 reveal that the unstressed plant (soy green) has a significantly more-intense emission in the IR region, relative to the visible, than does the stressed plant. This IR fluorescence is a predictor of crop yield, and thus may indicate how to salvage what might otherwise be an agricultural disaster.

Food science can benefit by the analytical information available from fluorescence. Especially useful for agricultural and biological studies are the following FLUOROLOG features:
effective stray-light refection
a fiber-optic probe for large and difficult samples
the unique ability to measure fluorescence spectra in the IR region of the spectrum.

back to top



Page: All 1 2

Related biology technology :

1. A technique for increasing yields in bioreactors and disposable cell-culture systems
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/24/2015)... -- Tikcro Technologies Ltd. (OTCQB: TIKRF) today announced that its Annual General Meeting ... Israel time, at the law offices of ... th Floor, Tel Aviv, Israel . ... Izhak Tamir to the Board of Directors; , election of ... approval of an amendment to certain terms of options granted to our ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... the environment are paramount. Insertion points for in-line sensors can represent a weak ... the InTrac 781/784 series of retractable sensor housings , which are designed ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - ProMetic Life Sciences ... today that Mr. Pierre Laurin , President and Chief ... at the upcoming Piper Jaffray 27 th Annual Healthcare ... on December 1-2, 2015. st , at ... one-on-one meetings throughout the day. The presentation will be available ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: ... , the company,s president and chief executive officer, will present ... next week in New York City . ... Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EST. ... to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/19/2015)... , Nov. 19, 2015  Based on its ... & Sullivan recognizes BIO-key with the 2015 Global Frost ... year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the ... catering to the needs of the market it serves. ... line meets and expands on customer base demands, the ...
(Date:11/17/2015)... , November 17, 2015 Paris ...   --> Paris from 17 th ... DERMALOG, the biometrics innovation leader, has invented the first combined ... on the same scanning surface. Until now two different scanners ... one scanner can capture both on the same surface. ...
(Date:11/16/2015)... 16, 2015  Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA ... today announced expansion of its TDDI product portfolio ... controller and display driver integration (TDDI) solutions designed ... new TDDI products add to the previously-announced ... (WQHD resolution), and TD4322 (FHD resolution) solutions. All ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):