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Boise State Researchers Awarded IGEM Grant to Combat Potato Rot

Boise State Researchers Awarded IGEM Grant to Combat Potato Rot

Computer Science faculty Dr. Yantian Hou was highlighted in the Boise State Update for his involvement a multidisciplinary team developing a wireless sensor network that would be able to detect temperature, humidity levels, and carbon dioxide and ammonia levels in real time, to help with early detection of potato rot.

“[Potato] rot spreads on contact. The way the system works now is, a farmer walks into their facility, smells rotten potatoes and that’s it,” added David Estrada, an assistant professor of materials science. “But our sensors can detect parts per million, or even parts per billion, and can tell us in exactly which bin the sensor is detecting rot. That way, farmers can go out, pull out a few rotten potatoes and save the rest of the batch.””

The team expects to have their sensors ready for tested by the end of the year long project. Read more from the Boise State Update here.

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