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Field-Based Technology

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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)

Prepared by the Biological and Environmental Research Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, genomicscience.energy.gov/ and genomics.energy.gov/.