Ensuring an Efficient & Robust Root System
Successful plant growth depends upon an efficient and robust root system. The plant root is part of the extensive water, nutrient, and microbial system flows in the soil system. Refined Imaging will develop a new strategy for neutron imaging of plant/soil systems utilizing a portable neutron generator. This will be the first neutron imaging system in the world able to repeatedly image plant root systems for longitudinal studies.
Dr. Jeffery M. Warren (ORNL) imaged plant roots in soil at the high-flux isotope reactor in the pioneering application of neutron imaging.
Unfortunately, a reactor is not a favorable location for growing plants.
Plan root neutron imaging system under construction by Refined Imaging and Adelphi Tech.
The plant growth chamber next to the imaging station will enable repeated imaging of the root system.