CID Bio-Science & Felix Instruments | January 2021 Updates
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Hops in the Heat
CID Root Imager and Research on Hops in Florida
Growing hops in the subtropics?
It's no simple task, but Plant Physiologist Shinsuke Agehara and his team at University of Florida are making it look easy!

In our most recent interview, Application Scientist Eric Munoz (CID Bio-Science) sits down with Shinsuke to chat about his work on stress physiology and root development in hops, and what this could mean for the beer industry.

Customer Spotlight: Louise Boulangeat
In conjunction with the LECA, PhyloAlps Project and Swiss Federal Research Institute (WSL), Louise Boulangeat measures functional traits throughout the Alps to model ecosystem functioning in order to better understand the link between human activities, biodiversity, and climate change.

The researchers have gathered genetics information on each of the 3500 alpine vegetal species, and are currently working through analysis of important functional traits, including leaf area using the CI-202 Portable Laser Leaf Area Meter! Other traits measured include vegetative and reproductive height, carbon and nitrogen ratio, and Leaf Dry Matter Content.

Using information gathered with tools like the Leaf Area Meter, Louise and her team are making groundbreaking strides in understanding the capacity of plants to survive, colonize, and grow in specific habitats.

Giving Back: January 2020
Here at CID-Bioscience and Felix instruments, we are proud to give back to the communities we serve around the world. Today we highlight our January donation recipient: Agrodan Social & Escola Olindina Roriz Dantas

Founded in 2016 by the Agrodan company, Agrodan Social seeks to bring hope and development to the Pernambuco backlands region of Brazil. Their largest project, the Escola Professora Olindina Roriz Dantas provides educational opportunities to over 200 local children, helping to fill a regional gap in access to education. Described as "a dream realized by many hands," the school aims to "transform the future of every child who passes by."

For more information on Agrodan Social and Escola Olindina Roriz Dantas, visit
Welcome to the Team!
We are excited to announce the addition of a new Purchasing Manager to the CID Bio-Science and Felix Instruments team: Angela Padgett!

Angela is a veteran purchaser, bringing over 10 years of experience from the manufacturing, heavy industry, and food sectors. When not working, Angela enjoys hiking, reading, baking and photography. We look forward to integrating Angela into our team here in Camas, WA.
COVID-19 Update

Despite the high daily number of new Covid cases here in the US, we are fortunate that with multiple safety precautions in place, our employees have remained healthy and our production department has been able to continue to manufacture instruments to meet your needs. Please let us know if there is anything extra that we can do to assist you.
Assessing Antioxidant Content in Tomatoes with NIR Spectroscopy
Tomatoes are laden with many healthy phytochemicals, including antioxidants, that make them a valuable food commodity. Measuring changes in the levels of phytochemicals during maturity leading to harvest and postharvest is crucial to producing nutritious tomatoes. To analyze antioxidants in the supply chain, scientists tested the effectiveness of near-infrared spectrometers to replace accurate yet laborious experimental techniques. The scientists selected the Felix F-750 Produce Quality Meter as representative of commercial tools for their experiment, deeming it the standard near-infrared spectroscopy tool.

Measuring How Microclimate Affects Turmeric Yield
Many cash crops, including turmeric, are grown as under-canopy plants. The canopy trees decrease light filtering down to the ground to reduce temperature while increasing relative humidity. The shade of canopy trees also reduces the amount of photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) that reaches the under-canopy crops and can influence the rate of photosynthesis, transpiration, and water use efficiency.

Therefore, scientists in India—Singh, Sharma, Chauhan, and Arora—created a study to see how the microclimate was altered under three canopy trees and how it affected the crop performance of turmeric.

Cassava Cultivation and the Photosynthesis Process in Drought
To meet the needs of a growing population, society faces the challenge of increasing crop production with reduced resources. This challenge is further complicated by increasingly extreme weather conditions induced by climate change. Even crops such as cassava that are adapted to drought have recorded decreases in yield. In Latin America, a group of scientists set out to find the best cultivars and irrigation regimes that could optimize yield and resource use, focusing on crucial physiological processes in drought responses, such as transpiration and stomatal conductance.

Pears and Pruning: Non-Destructive Dry Matter Measurement in Pears
Dry matter has been gaining popularity as a quality metric in fruit production to fix harvest time and predict postharvest quality and taste. There is a renewal of research in many fruits to optimize fruit quality and yield using this new metric. Though these developments, themselves, are exciting, new technologies to measure dry matter are just as crucial in expanding its use in research and the field.

Scientists Alex Goke, Sara Serra, and Stefano Musacchi, from the Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, at Washington State University, studied the effect of pruning to alter the leaf canopy for light management and decrease crop load towards improving fruit size and DM content.

Rising CO2, Crop Yield, and Leaf Area Measurement
Scientists are trying to work out how to capitalize on the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide to increase crop yield. Notwithstanding the serious negative implications of such a change, these increases could boost crop yield.

Experiments have shown that a carbon dioxide increase can improve soybean yield in greenhouses. However, there are various other factors that influence the extent of the increase, such as the cultivar and other agricultural management practices.

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