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Low cost plant and soil health measurements using PhotosynQ

This broadcast will be about how extension agents can collaboratively collect, share, and analyze plant and soil health data from around the world using the open source PhotosynQ platform (www.photosynq.org). 

PhotosynQ is a platform for measuring plant and soil health developed at Michigan State University.  It includes a low cost. hi-tech device capable of measuring chlorophyll fluorescence, SPAD (leaf greenness), soil biological activity, soil active carbon, and a variety of other measurements. 

This talk will talk through the technology, what can be measured, and what kinds of questions and issues can be addressed using the platform.  We'll also show some data which has been collected using the platform throughout 2014 as examples.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and membership funding. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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