Measuring small particles with strawberry plants

A thousand volunteers in Antwerp (Belgium) will have a strawberry plant at their home the next two months. The University of Antwerp wants to measure small particles in the air through the leaves of the plants. With the information gathered they will produce a detailed particles map of the city. Researchers expect to present their results next June.

In Amsterdam, we will will try with hundred 'Smart Citizens' and relative simple electronics with sensors to measure carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), two toxic emission gasses. Small particles cannot be measured with this kind of equipment at the moment.

We are curious about the results in Antwerp. Might be a good idea to try in Amsterdam too.

Watch a video about this project (Dutch spoken).