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Mini-lysimeters to monitor transpiration and control drought stress : system design and unique applications

@inproceedings{Chard2016MinilysimetersTM,
  title={Mini-lysimeters to monitor transpiration and control drought stress : system design and unique applications},
  author={J. Chard and M. V. Iersel and B. Bugbee},
  year={2016}
}
Methods for the precise control of drought stress have been a holy grail of plant biology research. Here we describe a five-container growth chamber system and a 16-container greenhouse system, each of which uses load cells to monitor and control the mass of a soil/plant system. The calibration and signal conditioning necessary to quantify transpiration over 10 minute intervals is described. Evaporation can be reduced to less than 1% of the transpiration rate by covering the container surface… Expand
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