Vibrational Spectroscopy Applications
Vibrational spectroscopy is a technology that measures molecule vibration in order to determine the biochemical composition of objects. This technology therefore has a wide variety of diagnostic and structural analysis applications,
Non-destructive monitoring of plant health and development
Traditional forms of monitoring plant health are destructive on leaf tissues, so it would be beneficial to develop techniques that allow for non-destructive plant analysis techniques. Vibrational spectroscopy has previously been used only on in vitro biological materials, but new applications of Raman vibrational spectroscopy allow for in vivo plant analysis. In particular, it has been able to determine the composition of plant structures like leaf cuticles and cell walls. It has also been able to show how the levels of carbohydrates and proteins change over the lifespan of leaves, giving greater insight into plant development.