CID Bio-Science & Felix Instruments | November 2020 Updates
To our customers -

The work you have been accomplishing, despite today’s unique challenges, has been truly inspiring to see. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you are faring well, staying healthy, and continuing to make groundbreaking strides in research and agriculture. Please reach out if we can assist you in any way. We are here to help.

The CID Bio-Science & Felix Instruments Team
Our Latest Videos on the New SPECTRAVUE Leaf Spectrometer
WEBINAR: Why Commercial Agriculture Should Pay Attention to Leaf Spectroscopy in 2021
Dr. Catherine Simpson, Dr. Gerardo Nunez and Application Scientist Galen George present 3 novel uses for leaf spectroscopy in leafy greens, berries, and cut flowers.

How To Use the SPECTRAVUE Leaf Spectrometer Built-In Indices
Application Scientist Galen George walks us through how to use the vast array of built-in indices on the new CI-710s SpectraVue Leaf Spectrometer. 

SPECTRAVUE Calibration
Application Scientist Galen George shows us how to calibrate the new SpectraVue Leaf Spectrometer.

Interview with FreshPlaza
Application Scientist, Galen George, and Fresh Plaza's North America Editor, Marieke Hemmes, sit down for a chat about the new SpectraVue Leaf Spectrometer and its applications in agriculture.

Photo Contest: Get Your Entries In!
Deadline: November 17, 2020
Prizes: $600 divided between 3 winners.

Estimated chance of winning $200 is 1 in 7!

Submit a photo of yourself or a colleague using one of our instruments (CID Bio-Science or Felix Instruments) for your chance to win! Whether it's a photo you already have on your phone, or something new, we would love to see it. Full details and submission below!
Coffee and Ethylene
Ethylene (C2H4), a hormone produced in the roots and shoots of a plant, is responsible for the ripening processes in climacteric fruits, germination of seeds, elongation of the stem, and senescence of leaves. Depending on the species, ethylene can also encourage or inhibit flowering, pollen and ovule development, flower opening, and senescence. Moreover, ethylene can also be produced in increased quantities in response to stress. The F-900 Portable Ethylene Analyzer from Felix Instruments Applied Science is one of the few instruments useful for on-site experiments to examine ethylene effects on plant dynamics...

Food Supply, Climate Change, and Epicuticular Wax
Leaf spectroscopy is used to indirectly get information on several morphological and physiological features of leaves and the plant as a whole. These can help in detecting stress. Though there are several means to measure stress using leaf spectral data, scientists continue looking for species-specific approaches to develop vegetation indices that can accurately predict stress and its effect on crop yield...

Emerging Irrigation Methods for Vineyards
In an attempt to improve food production at a time when water resources are getting scarce, scientists are focusing on novel methods to manipulate the physiology of crops. Many deficit irrigation strategies that reduce water use are being tried. One of them is the new partial rootzone irrigation, which can improve water use efficiency, crop health, and yield parameters...

Chlorophyll Analysis Using Vegetation Indices
Instruments like the VIS-NIR based CI-710 Miniature Leaf Spectrometer (CID Bio-Science) aid in non-destructive data collection and quantification of chlorophyll. Several vegetation indices can be used to analyze the spectral data collected by the spectrometer during the process. Chlorophyll content estimation assumes importance as it can provide rapid and precise data on the plant physiological parameters monitored in current precision and smart farming technologies...

Spectral Data and Thermotolerance in Plants
Consumers expect that the fruits and vegetables they buy are of the highest quality. Therefore, more in-depth quality control and sorting systems are increasingly being used to ensure that supplies reaching retailers meet the required standards. Many fruits and vegetables today are still sorted mostly on the basis of external features such as color, size, weight, and blemishes, but consistently meeting quality control demands is possible only when internal parameters are also examined.

Giving Back: October 2020
Here at CID-Bioscience and Felix instruments, we are proud to give back to our community, and today we highlight our October donation recipient: Family of Friends Mentoring

Family of Friends envisions a world where all youth have the power and multi-generational support to realize their potential, discover their passions, and create pathways for a meaningful life, as they define it. By leveraging the power of mentoring relationships they aim to give young people a platform to build the futures they want for themselves and their communities.

For more information on Family of Friends Mentoring, visit