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1. WO2007149984 - APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING PLANT STALK STRENGTH

Publication Number WO/2007/149984
Publication Date 27.12.2007
International Application No. PCT/US2007/071787
International Filing Date 21.06.2007
IPC
G01N 3/20 2006.01
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
3Investigating strength properties of solid materials by application of mechanical stress
20by applying steady bending forces
A01D 75/00 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
DHARVESTING; MOWING
75Accessories for harvesters or mowers
G01N 33/02 2006.01
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
33Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups G01N1/-G01N31/131
02Food
G01N 33/00 2006.01
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
33Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups G01N1/-G01N31/131
CPC
A01G 7/00
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
7Botany in general
G01N 3/20
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
3Investigating strength properties of solid materials by application of mechanical stress
20by applying steady bending forces
G01N 33/0098
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
33Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups G01N1/00 - G01N31/00
0098Plants or trees
Applicants
  • MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • DEPPERMANN, Kevin, L. [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • BOHNERT, Mike [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • BULL, Jason [AU]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • CONRY, Jeremy [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • COOK, Kevin [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • EATHINGTON, Sam, R. [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • FREY, Travis [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • HARTSOOK, Jeff [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • SCHNICKER, Bruce [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • NEIZGER, Jeremy [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • DEPPERMANN, Kevin, L.
  • BOHNERT, Mike
  • BULL, Jason
  • CONRY, Jeremy
  • COOK, Kevin
  • EATHINGTON, Sam, R.
  • FREY, Travis
  • HARTSOOK, Jeff
  • SCHNICKER, Bruce
  • NEIZGER, Jeremy
Agents
  • GRAY, Scott, T.
Priority Data
60/815,77522.06.2006US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING PLANT STALK STRENGTH
(FR) DISPOSITIF ET PROCÉDÉS POUR ÉVALUER LA RÉSISTANCE DU PÉDONCULE D'UNE PLANTE
Abstract
(EN)
An apparatus (100) for measuring stalk strength and/or root strength of a plant is provided. In accordance with various embodiments, the apparatus (100) includes a conveyer (101) operably connected to a motor (107) for circulatorily driving the conveyer (101) around a plurality of guide devices (106). At least one pulling finger (103) is coupled to the conveyer (101). Each pulling finger (103) is structured such that, when the apparatus (100) is positioned adjacent the plant stalk and the conveyor (101) is driven around the guide devices (106), each pulling finger (103) will contact and pull a plant stalk as each pulling finger (103) travels around the guide devices (106). The apparatus (100) additionally includes a force sensor (109) for measuring resistive force encountered by the motor (107) as each pulling finger (103) pulls the plant stalk.
(FR)
Dispositif (100) pour mesurer la résistance du pédoncule et/ou la résistance des racines d'une plante. Selon différents modes de réalisation, le dispositif (100) comprend un convoyeur (101) connecté de façon opérationnelle à un moteur (107) pour entraîner de façon circulante le convoyeur (101) autour d'une pluralité de dispositifs de guidage (106). Au moins un doigt de traction (103) est couplé au convoyeur (101). Chaque doigt de traction (103) est structuré de telle sorte que, lorsque le dispositif (100) est positionné à proximité du pédoncule d'une plante et que le convoyeur (101) est entraîné autour des dispositifs de guidage (106), chaque doigt de traction (103) entre en contact avec et tire sur un pédoncule de plante chaque fois qu'un doigt de traction (103) circule autour des dispositifs de guidage (106). Le dispositif (100) comprend en outre un détecteur de force (109) pour mesurer la force de résistance rencontrée par le moteur (107) lorsque chaque doigt de traction (103) tire sur le pédoncule d'une plante.
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