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PERSPECTIVES IN AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

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The techniques based on Synchrotron Light find numerous applications in agriculture such as in soil analysis, in mapping nutrients in plants or in contamination studies.

In Sirius, high brightness and flux of the radiation allow performing a wide variety of experimental techniques, with high spatial and chemical resolutions for the understanding the basic processes that occur in soils, from atomic to micrometer scale.

The analysis of materials of complex compositions such as soil – formed by solid and heterogeneous combinations of organic and inorganic compounds immersed in aqueous solutions and in the middle of plant roots – demands the application and the combination of several experimental techniques, which may be done in a next-generation Synchrotron Light Source such as Sirius.