New field-based technology is being developed to digitize and screen for biomass yield traits. The “robot” is a converted John Deere garden tractor with a GPS-enabled auto-steer function and sensors. Before it can function on its own, researchers “train” the robot’s auto-steer function to follow the route it should take through the field.
Credit or Source: Patrick Schnable, Iowa State University, Ames
US DOE, USDA. 2014. Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Joint Awards 2006–2014, U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy. (p. 5) (PDF)