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Point and Click Low-Cost Mold and Insect Detector

Nicholas Smilanich of Sensor Development Corporation in the U.S. will develop a portable point and click device that analyzes gases to detect the pheromones of the larger grain borer, which is an insect pest, and the mold gases associated with aflatoxin produced by fungi that infect crops. Low-cost manufacturing of the aflatoxin and pest infestation detector would be possible with techniques commonly used in the electronics industry.

More information about Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market (Round 9)

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