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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
The goal of this research topic is to identify stand-off spectral changes to Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) and non-GMO agricultural crops as a result of a specific chemical uptake. The chemical classes to be considered include: organo-phosphates; thiol esters; carbamates; N, S, or F hetero-substituted organic bridged bicyclics; carbon nano-structures, and piperidinones.Both GMO and non-GMO plant species need to be considered independently, since the genetic differences could impact the metabolic pathway of intrusive chemicals, and thus provide different spectral results. One research area should focus on how to identify chemically induced spectroscopic changes to a plant. Consider the following questions to focus the research:
A second research area should focus on how to determine the fundamental mechanism by which a plant ingests and metabolizes the listed chemical classes. This will allow for a correlation between the collected spectral data and the plant's mechanism, and allow for data extrapolation to other chemicals of interest. Research in this area will allow for a means to measure crop health, define composition, and detect any insults from a stand-off position.
Approaches to this project could use a variety of techniques, but are in no way limited to:
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Identifying spectral changes to agricultural crops would provide a means to measure crop health, define composition, and detect any insults from a stand-off position. Determining mechanistic pathways would provide the fundamental information on potential susceptibilities to other undefined chemical threats. Finally, identifying spectral changes as a result of exposure to the listed chemical classes would provide a theoretical means to detect chemical emissions by a non-intrusive means.
Key Words: flora metabolic pathway, spectroscopy, agriculture