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X-RAY IMAGING AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF PLANT ROOTS

United States Patent Application

20170031053
A1
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A linear x-ray tube having one or more x-ray sources is configured for insertion into the soil in proximity to a root system of a plant for emission of an x-ray beam detected by a linear array of one or more x-ray detectors. The linear x-ray tube and detector array may be inserted into rhizotrons previously inserted into the soil. Various combinations of multiple x-ray tubes and/or detector arrays may be utilized to customize the x-ray imaging of the root system.
Kumar, Nalin (Fort Worth, TX), Garcia, Manuel Gerardo (Lexington, KY)
15/ 217,011
July 22, 2016
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with U.S. government support under Grant No. DE-AR0000422 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. government may have certain rights in this invention.