Developed by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, the device reflects light on the samples thanks to the monochromatic laser it contains.

Although it is very important to monitor the nutrients of the plants used for agriculture, the deficiency in the plants is generally due to nitrogen. Now, scientists have developed a measuring device that can detect this situation much faster.

Developed by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) researchers, the device reflects light on the samples thanks to the monochromatic laser it contains.

Light scattering
Lights reflected on the samples are scattered from the tissue and the device can detect the scattered rays and analyze which chemical components are present in the sample. It is also stated that the developed device can analyze not only nitrogen but also other metabolites such as carotenoids and detect their deficiencies.

The new device has been tested on several types of vegetables, and studies have yielded positive results. The new device is expected to reduce plant breeding costs, increase productivity and reduce fertilizer use.

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