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Challenge Non-Destructive Sensing of Nitrogen in Plants

Non-Destructive Sensing of Nitrogen in Plants

Award: $25,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 162
Posted: Apr 30 2018
Challenge ID: 9934087
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The Seeker is looking for a method to reduce costs and environmental impact through non-destructive quantification of nitrogen in plants. Solutions may monitor nitrogen-containing species directly or species correlated with nitrogen use in the plant.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Saving money and saving the environment are two objectives that are being pursued through this Theoretical Challenge.  In recent estimates, row crops use about half of the nitrogen applied to fields, which is a waste of resources, costs money, and leads to agricultural runoff that is harmful to the environment. The ability to non-destructively quantify nitrogen in plants would be an important tool for crop management and could lead to more intelligent application of fertilizer in fields. The Seeker is developing ways to track and quantify nutrients in plants and is interested in finding non-destructive methods to monitor the amount of nitrogen in or used by individual plants in the field. This Challenge is seeking well-developed and appropriately substantiated ideas on how to accomplish this quantification by directly monitoring nitrogen containing species, measuring related species that can be correlated to nitrogen, or by any other means that meet the requirements.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 29, 2018. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

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