Research Expected To Improve Predictions On Plant Growth


A $3 million grant is supporting Texas A&M AgriLife plant phenotyping research.

With the help of a new $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers will collaborate to elevate phenotyping for plant science and improving plant growth predictions.

Seth Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder, and Regents Professor Amir Ibrahim, an AgriLife Research small grains breeder and geneticist, both in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, have created a team of collaborators to continue research started at Texas A&M. The research uses the corn Genomes to Fields, G2F, Initiative and high-throughput phenotyping of wheat yield-related traits and foliar disease resistance to increase efficiency and gain.

Throughout the life of the project, Murray and Ibrahim, along with fellow researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, anticipate making leaps in the science and engineering of plant phenotyping. Some of these include new sensor/tool development, data modeling and analytics, and workforce development.

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