FloraPulse’s sensor breakthrough was featured in a report by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) foundation. See page 32 in their report.
From the article:
” Thirsty plants have stunted growth, lower disease resistance, and produce
less fruit and grain. At the same time, overwatering can reduce the
quality and even kill crops. The trick is fnding a “Goldilocks Spot” where
the water quantity isn’t too high or too low, but just the right amount for
each individual plant.
Dr. Stroock and his team are developing sensors to detect the thirst of
apple trees in order to more precisely irrigate orchards. Instead of using
traditional techniques to estimate water needs through weather and
soil conditions, researchers are asking the plant directly by gathering
continuous data through sensors embedded in tree trunks. “