Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




February 16, Tucson

US (AZ): Advanced sensing technologies & data mining in crop phenotyping

"Move over farmers! The robots and drones are coming!!!" The pastoral environments of agricultural crop fields are being invaded by an army of robots and unstaffed drones (UAVs) carrying advanced technologies which are used to collect essential data from plants including growth rates, shapes and sizes of plants, measuring photosynthesis and even sniffing volatile chemicals emitted by plants when they are subjected to stresses such as drought, heat, wind, and mechanical abrasions. Of course, technologies alone are not sufficient to use the huge amounts of data generated in this way. They require plant engineers, physiologists and pathologists to assemble and analyze the data, and most importantly to derive useful information from these data that will impact how farmers then treat their crops to vastly improve production and significantly lower the onslaught of plant disease agents.

This is where Professor Sindhu Sankaran and her team enter the scene. Together, they reduce the mountains of data generated by field technologies into actionable descriptions of what the plants are doing, behaving and being subjected to stresses. Such plant behaviors, monitored by noninvasive sensors, result in an inclusive description of the plant’s biology—the plant phenotype. In her presentation, Sindhuja Sankaran will share recent and advanced sensor technology developments and how these new tools are used to assess infield and postharvest crop characteristics. The goal of Sankaran’s research is to get these data to the farming communities to improve crop production, fighting plant diseases more effectively, and thus add to the global initiatives designed to mitigate food shortages and hunger as the world’s population is expected to double by 2050 (The 10BPQ).

The CEAC Covering Environments Seminar will be held Friday Feb 16th from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM in the CEAC Lecture Room.

A networking, get acquainted session, with light refreshments, will take place between 3:45 to 4:15 pm at the CEAC lecture room (1951 E Roger Rd, Tucson). A Q&A period will follow the talk.
 
If you are unable to attend in person, the seminar series will be available via the web. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7230800068494262531

Publication date: 2/6/2018

 


 

Other news in this sector:

8/17/2018 Highly populated Asian region offers opportunities to horticulture
8/17/2018 Xinfadi + 81 Major Fruit & Vegetables Suppliers at China FVF
8/17/2018 Harvest failures due to drought: innovations in food production in sight
8/16/2018 Growing prosperity for the Canadian Greenhouse Conference
8/15/2018 US (AZ): Hydroponic intensive workshops at CEAC
8/15/2018 US (MA): NGCE sessions on starting hydroponic leafy greens production
8/15/2018 Messe Berlin sets the scene for Green Week 2019
8/14/2018 Flemish Prime Minister interns at tomato greenhouse
8/14/2018 Snack vegetables: a key theme at Asia Fruit Logistica
8/13/2018 US (AZ): Seminar on advances in controlled environment agriculture
8/10/2018 Canada: Ontario celebrates Farmers' Market Week
8/10/2018 Seed company prepares for annual California Field Days
8/10/2018 Ethiopia: IPM technical committee for horticulture sector established
8/9/2018 Urban Farming in Southeast Asia
8/9/2018 Italy: A meeting point for the asparagus supply chain
8/9/2018 International horticulture trade fair coming to Zimbabwe soon
8/8/2018 US (NJ): RAREC vegetable twilight meeting and research tour
8/8/2018 US (NY): 3rd Annual Vegetable Pest Management Field Day
8/8/2018 Seed meets Technology celebrates 5th anniversary
8/7/2018 NL: Half a million spectators for water-born horti-parade