Soil Sensor Technology Uses Biocomposites
(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine) A technology developed at North Dakota State University creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has led to a new start-up company. The c2sensor corp., based in the NDSU Technology Incubator, has concluded a license agreement with the NDSU Research Foundation for the precision agriculture technology.
Developed by a research team at NDSU, the sensors are constructed using NDSU’s patent-pending “direct write” electronic printing techniques to print circuit and antenna patterns directly onto renewable, biobased substrates. Developed between the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU, the sensors are made with biocomposites so they can be left in the ground to biodegrade without harming soil quality.
The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council provided initial funding at NDSU for the seed sensor project. Following licensing to c2sensor, additional funding through the North Dakota Department of Commerce Venture Grant Program and the North Dakota Centers of Excellence will be utilized to further develop the sensor technology.
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