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Electronic nose to sniff out soil biological activity

Along with sight and touch, smelling soil can often give an indication of what’s happening beneath the soil surface. But rather than using our own sense of smell, a project is underway to develop and commercialise use an electronic nose to uncover exactly what’s happening down below. Claire Harris reports.

Claire Harris
 Soil sniffer: QUOLL eNoses collect data on soil gases which will be accessed by users via an online interface. Pictured are University of Tasmania’s research engineer Chris Boucher and dgital agricultural scientist Dr Shahinur Alam. Photo: Soil CRC.

Soil sniffer: QUOLL eNoses collect data on soil gases which will be accessed by users via an online interface. Pictured are University of Tasmania’s research engineer Chris Boucher and dgital agricultural scientist Dr Shahinur Alam. Photo: Soil CRC.

Led by the University of Tasmania and funded by the Soil Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), the project is looking at harnessing the use of a QUOLL eNose - an electronic smell sensor - to detect different...

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