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Engineering a chloroplast movement sensor

Kemper, Puck (2020) Engineering a chloroplast movement sensor.

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Abstract:To measure the chloroplast movement of mutants for virtual farming, a method is needed for in-field use. Mutation in chloroplast movement behaviour can have a great impact on the energy efficiency of a plant and therefore the growth process and biomass of that plant. This can be very useful in vertical farms where lighting conditions can be controlled. This study aims to engineer a chloroplast movement sensor for in-field use, with an accompanying data visualisation and user interface (UI). Chloroplast movement is the main subject of this project and is an protection mechanism of chloroplasts against harmful light which can damage the chloroplasts. The designing process of the sensor is based on research into chloroplast movement and measuring methods. The sensor was tested and based on this testing a data visualisation and UI were designed. The test results from the sensor showed that the sensor can measure the expected behaviour in a controlled environment but not in-field. The data visualisation and UI were user tested which gave mostly positive results and are a good basis for further steps in the human centered design process. The results indicate that the sensor is mostly functional but further testing is needed and some adjustments have to be made to make it ready for in-field use. The data visualisation only needs small alterations and the UI needs further designing and testing. Overall the engineering of the sensor was somewhat successful and is a good first step into the right direction towards a final product.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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