5 years ago

A novel low-cost smart leaf wetness sensor

Foliar wetness plays an essential role in plant disease cycles and epidemic development yet no cost-effective leaf wetness sensors (LWSs) are available that could be deployed within large areas to better understand that role. Electronic LWSs comprise an artificial leaf and the electronic circuitry able to measure electrical impedance changes due to water film or drops on the leaf surface. We propose a simple, compact and low-cost electronic interface circuit (EIC) for artificial leaves based on capacitance changes. The circuit relies on the charge-transfer capacitive sensing method and it is implemented by a microcontroller unit (MCU), which offers computation and communication capabilities currently missing in commercial LWSs, This EIC can be used in custom and commercial artificial leaves hence suits studies that require a close emulation of particular plant leaves.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0168169917305197

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