Dr. Mumtaz Cheema from Memorial University is using the CI-600 In-Situ Root Imager to study corn plants. The goal of his research is to boost Newfoundland's agricultural industry by empowering farmers to cultivate a new kind of corn silage that will better nourish cattle.
Dr. Cheema and his team of faculty and researchers finished their first corn harvest earlier this fall, and will be conducting this study over the next two years. The CI-600 will be used throughout the growing season to monitor the corn roots as they grow.
According to Dr. Cheema, "we can analyze it through software, actually, and that will tell us how root length is, root diameters, root hairs—all the root characteristics." Observing and analyzing the corn roots with the CI-600 and CI-690 RootSnap! software will help these researchers understand which roots can thrive in the rocky Newfoundland soil.
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