How are the roots growing in the earth? How fast? What is the move-ment strategy of worms in the soil? SOILINSIGHT® makes it possible to observe and measure root growth during the entire crop cycle. With the University of Lorraine, UGT GmbH has jointly developed a new method for observing undisturbed soil in its development. Here earth and biological elements such as plants or worms are placed in a mini cosmos.
The device can be connected to a Windows-based laptop or laboratory PC, and scans images of the physical structure and biological components (plant roots, worms etc.) of the soil.
In contrast to the traditionally deployed structure stability tests and soil sampling procedures, this new device permit the continuous observation of soil without disturbing it.
Images of the development of the soil over a specific period of time can be combined in a film, which enables better studies to be made of the dynamics of aggregation (using zooming, fast forwarding etc.).
- Automated high resolution image collection
- Undisturbed observation
- Multi-scaling (from 21 x 30 cm to 50 µm)
- Individual image editing
- Analysis software to quantify pore size, root length, growth rate, soil porosity etc.