Poster Title

Arduino-based instrumentation to monitor greenhouse environmental conditions in metabolomic studies

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Chemistry

Minor

Criminalistics, Political Science

Institution

Northern Kentucky University

KY House District #

67

KY Senate District #

24

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Abstract

Plants produce small molecules as they grow to support basic life functions. The small molecules, metabolites, are differentially regulated to combat environmental changes. By studying the changes in these small molecules, it is possible to identify natural products such as pesticides or engineer plants with natural resistance to various stressors. The environment and stressors must be regulated and accurately measured. As computing becomes cheaper, there has been a growing interest in DIY scientific instrumentation. We have developed a monitoring system for temperature, air quality, soil moisture, and UV index, on an Arduino platform, which has been customized to our experimental designs. Groups such as farmers, teachers, and at-home gardeners could also benefit from this design, as they often do not have access to expensive laboratory equipment. This design was an inexpensive, easy to build environmental monitoring system that is accessible, even for those with no background in wiring or computer programming.

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Arduino-based instrumentation to monitor greenhouse environmental conditions in metabolomic studies

Plants produce small molecules as they grow to support basic life functions. The small molecules, metabolites, are differentially regulated to combat environmental changes. By studying the changes in these small molecules, it is possible to identify natural products such as pesticides or engineer plants with natural resistance to various stressors. The environment and stressors must be regulated and accurately measured. As computing becomes cheaper, there has been a growing interest in DIY scientific instrumentation. We have developed a monitoring system for temperature, air quality, soil moisture, and UV index, on an Arduino platform, which has been customized to our experimental designs. Groups such as farmers, teachers, and at-home gardeners could also benefit from this design, as they often do not have access to expensive laboratory equipment. This design was an inexpensive, easy to build environmental monitoring system that is accessible, even for those with no background in wiring or computer programming.