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6 Jul 2021
Thousands of autonomous plant sensors| Plantenna Blog#5
In the last decade we have witnessed exponential growth in wireless communications. Number of connected devices exceed the number of people on earth and the data rates can be as high as 1GB/s. The next wave in wireless technology will be about sensing the environment. 
11 May 2021
Which frequency to tune to? | Plantenna Blog #4
Despite the availability of various monitoring mechanisms such as measuring temperature, water content, soil nutrients, very little is leveraged for sensing applications in the agriculture and horticultural sectors. 
22 Apr 2021
Drones en windmolens om nachtvorst te bestrijden
Bas van de Wiel en Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis (Plantenna/ TU Delft) doen metingen in Zeeuwse boomgaard
16 Feb 2021
Plants as organic river cleaners | Plantenna Blog #3
As hydrologists we are interested in the interaction between plans and the water cycle. We traditionally look at plant transpiration,  the interception of precipitation by leaves, or detection vegetation water stress. However, new global environmental challenges also come with new roles for plants.
25 Nov 2020
Thirsty Tomatoes | Plantenna Blog #2
What hydrology students learned about tomato plants’ drinking habits.
28 Sep 2020
Wireless engineering | Plantenna Blog # 1
Wireless engineering with plants during Corona. How Plantenna researchers moved from high tech equipment to plastic bottles.
12 Aug 2020
Plantenna - Listening to plants
One of the innovative projects within the Plantenna program is the project in which researchers listen to the signals from plants with a special microphone.
1 Apr 2020
FruitFrost project Plantenna in BNR Podcast
Professor Bas van de Wiel, researcher at the 4TU Plantenna programme, tells BNR news radio about the FruitFrost project in which sensors measure the temperature of plants and small windmills keep the soil frost-free. A great help for growers and farmers who now have to get out of bed to save the plants. In the near future, sensors will automatically indicate whether help is needed and turn it on themselves.
10 Dec 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.