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Sandia, Monsanto Sign Cooperative Research Agreement

Photonics.com
Aug 2006
Sandia National Laboratories of Livermore, Calif., which provides research and development for the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and St. Louis-based agricultural product developer Monsanto Co. announced a three-year biology and bioenergy research collaboration. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The research, which falls under a five-year "umbrella" cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), will initially focus on hyperspectral fluorescence imaging and spectral analysis. The technology will be used  to help Monsanto study plant tissue samples relevant to its creation of new seed-based products for farmers, including corn products that produce more ethanol per bushel. Hyperspectral imaging detects microscopic images using a continuous spectrum of light, providing significantly more information on a subject than other commercially available scanning technologies.


GLOSSARY
fluorescence
The emission of light or other electromagnetic radiation of longer wavelengths by a substance as a result of the absorption of some other radiation of shorter wavelengths, provided the emission continues only as long as the stimulus producing it is maintained. In other words, fluorescence is the luminescence that persists for less than about 10-8 s after excitation.
microscopic
Characteristic of an object so small in size or so fine in structure that it cannot be seen by the unaided eye. A microscopic object may be rendered visible when examined under a microscope.
scanning
The successive analysis or synthesizing of the light values or other similar characteristics of the components of a picture area, following a given method.
spectrum
See optical spectrum; visible spectrum.
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