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Fighting World Hunger: Robotics Aid in the Study of Corn and Drought Tolerance

Advancements made possible by National Science Foundation funding and MU interdisciplinary teams

 


ResearcherTo develop 3-D images of corn plants in the field, DeSouza’s team developed a combination approach of a mobile sensor tower and an autonomous robot vehicle equipped with three levels of sensors and an additional robotic arm. Photo courtesy of Gui DeSouza.

To develop 3-D images of corn plants in the field, DeSouza’s team developed a combination approach of a mobile sensor tower and an autonomous robot vehicle equipped with three levels of sensors and an additional robotic arm. Photo courtesy of Gui DeSouza.
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Story posted: March 28, 2017

By: Jeff Sossamon

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Developing drought tolerant corn that makes efficient use of available water will be vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn maintains root growth during drought conditions. Using funding from the NSF, Mizzou engineers on a multidisciplinary team have developed a robotic system that is changing the way scientists study crops and plant composition.

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