Special Content Session: Early-Stage Technologies for High Throughput Phenotyping and Digital Agriculture
Tuesday, September 12 from 2:45-4:45pm.
This Special Content Session is organized by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
This session will feature several early-stage innovations that could transform the efficiency and effectiveness of field breeding and crop monitoring. Innovations include sophisticated sensor platforms on ground and aerial robots that can inspect crops with unprecedented resolution and from new vantage points; machine learning algorithms to recognize biological features; data mining and crop modeling tools to predict and analyze these features and determine genetic traits for crop improvement. Six cross-functional teams are developing these innovations with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) through its TERRA program. Teams are applying these technologies to develop improved varieties of sorghum, a plant that has high potential as an advanced bioenergy feedstock, but these technologies can also have transformative impacts on many varieties of fuel, food, feed, and fiber crops.
This session will be of interest to AgTech investors, seed companies, the agricultural informatics community, crop consultants, agricultural service providers, equipment manufacturers, and commodity groups.
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More information about ARPA-E and the TERRA Program:
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy provides R&D funding to early-stage technologies that could fundamentally change the way we generate, use, and store energy.
ARPA-E’s TERRA program integrates plant genetics, information technology, and robotic sensors in order to accelerate year-over-year yield gains, stimulate discovery of crop traits that improve water productivity and nutrient use, and enable development of crops that are sustainable, affordable, and provide abundant bioenergy feedstocks.