Plantenna: "Internet of Plants"

Innovative sensors for plant stress and environmental strain for a sustainable vegetation and farming
4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

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International Micro Nano Conference Utrecht 2019
International Micro Nano Conference Utrecht 2019
dr. S. Dutta from TU Delft presented his talk at the iMNC held in Utrecht on 10 December 2019, where he discussed about the applications of low-cost optoelectronics for continuous and non-invasive near infrared reflectance sensing on leaves, which can reveal the structural information of the leaf mesophyll tissue and its dynamic response to water-stress. With his personal research interest in silicon optoelectronics, he calls for large-scale integration of these sensors in CMOS with silicon LED and silicon photodetector that can operate near 1100 nm wavelength.
Tuesday 10 December 2019
IEEE MetroAgriFor workshop 2019
IEEE MetroAgriFor workshop 2019
D. Cynthia Maan from TU Delft presented at the IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry in October 2019, where she and her co-authors studied the coupled action of water uptake and root development of maize in potting soil under greenhouse conditions. Synchronous realtime measurements of the co-evolving soil moisture fields and root distributions were performed. Understanding of the feedback loops between the soil moisture distribution and root development opens new pathways for boosting natural adaptation and climate resilience of plants.  
Thursday 21 November 2019
Plantenna: mission and vision
Plantenna: mission and vision
Current agrarian productivity lags far behind potential, especially in developing countries of Africa and Asia. Global land and water resources for crop production are limited and with global population soon to exceed 9 billion, increasing current crop yield on existing farmland is vital for ensuring food security. Water and nutrient availability is critical for plant for development, especially in the phase of seed development. At the same time cities are biologically extreme environments that suffer floods, droughts and environmental pollution, resulting in adverse health conditions and degradation of urban ecosystems. Changing climate, changing weather patterns and continued urbanisation will exacerbate these effects towards the future. Valuable water resources are being wasted and the presence and dispersion of pollutants in urban areas becomes a serious health risk for the many inhabitants. Harvesting local resources for use in urban agriculture and tackling environmental and health concerns in cities requires vastly improved environmental information and predictions, in both resolution and accuracy. Plantenna was proposed to deal with these challenges.
The mission of Plantenna is to develop vegetation-integrated, energy harvesting, autonomous sensors that measure in-plant and environmental parameters at high resolution and low cost. Sensor information will be used to develop methods for early detection of plant-stress and environmental strain. This in-turn will enable optimizing water and nutrient application schemes for climate smart agriculture, improve drought protection and support decision making for environmental protection and climate resilience.
Plantenna

Plantenna: "Internet of Plants"

Latest updates

International Micro Nano Conference Utrecht 2019
International Micro Nano Conference Utrecht 2019
dr. S. Dutta from TU Delft presented his talk at the iMNC held in Utrecht on 10 December 2019, where he discussed about the applications of low-cost optoelectronics for continuous and non-invasive near infrared reflectance sensing on leaves, which can reveal the structural information of the leaf mesophyll tissue and its dynamic response to water-stress. With his personal research interest in silicon optoelectronics, he calls for large-scale integration of these sensors in CMOS with silicon LED and silicon photodetector that can operate near 1100 nm wavelength.
Tuesday 10 December 2019
IEEE MetroAgriFor workshop 2019
IEEE MetroAgriFor workshop 2019
D. Cynthia Maan from TU Delft presented at the IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry in October 2019, where she and her co-authors studied the coupled action of water uptake and root development of maize in potting soil under greenhouse conditions. Synchronous realtime measurements of the co-evolving soil moisture fields and root distributions were performed. Understanding of the feedback loops between the soil moisture distribution and root development opens new pathways for boosting natural adaptation and climate resilience of plants.  
Thursday 21 November 2019
Plantenna: mission and vision
Plantenna: mission and vision
Current agrarian productivity lags far behind potential, especially in developing countries of Africa and Asia. Global land and water resources for crop production are limited and with global population soon to exceed 9 billion, increasing current crop yield on existing farmland is vital for ensuring food security. Water and nutrient availability is critical for plant for development, especially in the phase of seed development. At the same time cities are biologically extreme environments that suffer floods, droughts and environmental pollution, resulting in adverse health conditions and degradation of urban ecosystems. Changing climate, changing weather patterns and continued urbanisation will exacerbate these effects towards the future. Valuable water resources are being wasted and the presence and dispersion of pollutants in urban areas becomes a serious health risk for the many inhabitants. Harvesting local resources for use in urban agriculture and tackling environmental and health concerns in cities requires vastly improved environmental information and predictions, in both resolution and accuracy. Plantenna was proposed to deal with these challenges.
The mission of Plantenna is to develop vegetation-integrated, energy harvesting, autonomous sensors that measure in-plant and environmental parameters at high resolution and low cost. Sensor information will be used to develop methods for early detection of plant-stress and environmental strain. This in-turn will enable optimizing water and nutrient application schemes for climate smart agriculture, improve drought protection and support decision making for environmental protection and climate resilience.
Plantenna