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 About Granier system

Granier's sap flow measuring system (Granier, 1985, 1987; Lu et al, 2004) stands for its simplicity and versatility and is now the mostly used method by tree ecophysiologists and forest hydrologists in the world.

About PlantSensors

Since 1994 PlantSensors (Australian Business Number-ABN 55302167855) has specialised in manufacturing Granier's thermal dissipation sap flow sensors and complete sap flow system in Australia.

Our sensors are made according to Granier's original design and they perfectly match Granier's original calibration.

 Our Customers     include

US Department of Energy


Pacific Northwest National Lab



Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

French National Scientific Research Organisation

French National Agricultural Research Organisation

International Agricultural Research and Development Centres

Australian Federal Research Organisation

Belgium Nuclear Research Centre

Our customers

include scientists from universities and research organizations in 5 continents:

America:   United States (including 4 of the US Department of Energy's National Labs:Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and University of Illinois University of Illinois at Chicago);

Brazil, Chile, Panama, Guadeloupe;

Europe:    United Kingdom (including the Royal College of Imperial College), France (including the Academy of INRA, CNRS CNRS, the International Centre for Agricultural Research and Development CIRAD), Belgium (including Belgian Nuclear Research Centre),  Greece, Spain, Reunion;

Oceania:  Australia (including CSIRO CSIRO, University of Queensland Univerity of Queensland, Charle Sturt University; Charles Darwin University, Central Queensland University; South Australian Research and Development Institute SARDI, Rio Tinto Rio Tinto);

Africa: South Africa, Israel, the Republic of Congo, Morocco;

Asia:  China (including Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academy of Forestry), Singapore (National University), Indonesia, Malaysia.

The inventor of the Granier sap flow system Dr. Andre Granier and his colleagues also regularly purchase the Granier sap flow sensors/systems from us.















Complete Granier System

The whole system is schematised in the picture above (click on the image above and then maximize the window view to get a better view). It includes sensor probes, heat-averaging tubes, 4-cores data cable, power supply unit, datalogger and external battery or solar panel.

The Granier sap flow sensor includes two probes inserted in the stem with one probe 10-15cm above the other.The upper probe is heated by applying a constant current across a coiled heating element, giving a constant power. The lower probe is not heated and measures ambient tissue temperature.

The temperature difference between the probes is measured with T-type thermocouples junctions embodied in each probe. Heat dissipation due to sap movement reduces the temperature difference. The temperature difference is found to be closely related to the sap flux density and their relationship is found to be independent of tree species or wood anatomy (Granier 1987; Lu et al, 2004).


 Applications in Major Projects


(Released on 2017-10-17)
Recently PlantSensors was selected by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to supply a large number of sap flow sensors of various length and other accessories.

PlantSensors won this contract for its quality and reputation over its competitors. Since 2010 we have been supplying the Oak Ridge National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and it’s the first time that we directly supply to the Pacific Northwest National Lab.  


(Released on 2017-10-17)

Recently Dr. Charlotte Grossiord of the Los Alamos National Lab published a paper "Tree water dynamics in a drying and warming world" in the journal “Plant, Cell and Environment”.


This work is part of the “Los Alamos Survival-Mortality (SUMO) Experiment" funded by the US Department of Energy at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. PlantSensors Sap Flow Measurement Systems are used in this experiment.


Please click here to download the paper.





(2016-10-01) Recently, PlantSensors was honored to be the selected supplier of a large number of Granier sap flow systems to the "Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments–Tropics (NGEE-Tropics)" project that is a DOE-funded, multi-institutional project led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

PlantSensors  won this significant contract thanks to its higher product quality than its competitors' and demonstrated high reliability in hot and humide tropics.

Since 2010 we have repeatedly supplied sap flow systems to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and this was the first time we directly supply to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

NGEE-Tropics is a DOE-funded, multi-institutional project led by Berkeley Lab, focused on how tropical forests interact with Earth’s climate. Tropical forests cycle more CO2 and water than any other ecosystem, and play critical roles in determining Earth’s energy balance. Intact tropical forests are also estimated to be Earth’s largest carbon sink, yet the stability of this sink is susceptible to a warming climate and disturbance processes. Understanding of carbon and related water and energy exchanges between tropical forests and the atmosphere lags that of other ecosystems, and poor model representation of these processes is the most significant source of terrestrial uncertainty in projections of Earth’s future climate. Please click on the above picture for detials of the project. 





PlantSensors' Sap flow systems were used in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's  "SPRUCE- Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change" project.


Details of the project is Here.

Clcik http://www.plantsensors.com/pdf/PS-ORNL2015.pdf to get the open access research paper“A comprehensive data acquisition and management system for an ecosystem-scale peatland warming and elevated CO2 experiment” published in Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 4, 203–213, 2015 www.geosci-instrum-method-data-syst.net/4/203/2015/ doi:10.5194/gi-4-203-2015 © Author(s) 2015. CC Attribution 3.0 License.



 (Issued in 2011)

Our PS-TDP8 sap flow system successfully tested in hot, wet tropics

Since the launch of the new Campbell Scientific CR1000 dataloggers,  PlantSensors developed PS-TDP8 Sap flow system to take advantage of the new datalogger which can measure directly 8 sensors. Meanwhile PlantSensors launched the proprietary PS-PS12 Constant Current Power Supply, which can simultaneously power 12 sensors.

The new systems have already passed the harsh field test run under conditions of high temperature, high humidity, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall in the fire-prone North Australian tropical regions . Eight sets of the sap flow systems including 64 sensors successfully monitored sap flow in eucalyptus woodland trees for 12 months without failure of any system components.

Click here to download PS-TDP8 Introduction of the new system.








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ECOMATIK distributor

PlantSensors (Australia) is also the Australian distributor for the products of Ecomatik, Germany www.ecomatik.de.
Please contact us for details at sales@plantsensors.com.

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