Used in conjunction with the Arbotom ABT05-S package, the Arboradix sensor allows the user to map roots. An additional sensor,connected to a steel pole, is placed on the ground in a measured grid pattern, and tapped. The stress wave signal is sent back to other sensors already attached to the tree. When roots are present the signal transmits rapidly along the roots, creating a pathway that can be mapped to define the extent and location of the root system.
By mapping out the stress wave patterns from a comprehensive grid pattern, the root locations can be defined. This is useful as a means of knowing where roots are likely to be located under roads, sidewalks or other coverings not easily removed beforehand.
The Arboradix attachment and software is available as an add on to existing Arbotom kits, or is included in the 24 sensor ABTO5-Scientific kit.