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Wireless Underground Sensor Networks: System in Support of Future Agriculture

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Mehmet C. Vuran

e-mail: mcvuran@cse.unl.edu

Xin Dong

e-mail: xdong@cse.unl.edu
Cyber-Physical Networking Laboratory,
Computer Science and Engineering,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE 68588

Kurt Preston

Office of Research,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE 68588
e-mail: kpreston4@unl.edu

Manuscript received March 20, 2013; final manuscript received May 15, 2013; published online July 31, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Shaurya Prakash.

J. Nanotechnol. Eng. Med 4(2), 020906 (Jul 31, 2013) (3 pages) Paper No: NANO-13-1021; doi: 10.1115/1.4024767 History: Received March 20, 2013; Revised May 15, 2013

World population growth results in a grand challenge to develop new and more sustainable agricultural methods. Wireless underground sensor networks (WUSN) are an example of how nano and microsensors may be used in the future to monitor and optimize agricultural production. This short communication examines the recent advancements toward the realization of wireless underground sensor networks and a few key challenges that can be addressed by the improvements in nanotechnology.

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