AGRICULTURE

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Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (N-P-K) in soil contribute significantly to agricultural growth. The optimal N-P-K ratio is dependent on the type of crop which is grown and can be monitored via real-time spectroscopic methods. 

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Nitrogen Sensor

The Yara N-Sensor is a high-precision farming which uses the biomass of plants to control Nitrogen deposition. This sensor is a real-time variable rate sensor, measuring nitrogen requirement and allowing for variable adjustment of the fertilizer application rate. The sensor is tractor-mounted and covers an approximate measurement area of 50 – 100 m2. The sensor utilizes reflectance spectroscopy from 450 – 900 nm and automatically sets the integration time, depending on the irradiance.

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    Typical applications include white light interference for thin film analysis, UV absorption of proteins for quantitative analysis, colorimetry, impurity detection in water, cleaning validation for API manufacturing, polymerization inhibitor monitoring, electroplating bath monitoring....

    The spectroscopic methodology is determined by which parameters are important to monitor during a process. For example, if you want to monitor protein concentration in a bioreactor, in which the biosynthesis takes place in an aqueous medium, then you likely would want to use Raman spectroscopy for the application, as water does not contribute to the Raman signal. Alternatively, if moisture content is important, water has very strong absorption in the NIR due to several vibrational and combination modes that can be monitored; water is transparent in the UV and visible spectral region. Understanding which chemical is important as there could be various factors that influence the choice of methodology....

    NIR spectroscopy is utilized across a variety of industries for qualitative and quantitative product analysis. Typical industries include Chemistry, Pharmacology, Food Feed & Beverage, Agriculture, and others. NIR spectroscopy is well suited for species containing C-H, N-H & O-H bonds, making it a wide-range technology for a variety of applications such as moisture, fat, oil, alcohol, APIs, polymers, etc....

    Raman spectroscopy is a technique which is used for several markets. These industries include Oil and Gas, Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Petrochemistry and many others. Due to the high selectivity of Raman spectroscopy, it is a powerful tool for many applications including, hydrocarbon analysis, bioreactor protein monitoring, crystallization monitoring, API concentration, polymer identification, surfactant analysis, natural gas components and several others....

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