LemnaTec Gets Research Grant for Ag Innovation

Published in the October 2015 Issue Published online: Oct 25, 2015
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Global plant phenotyping specialist LemnaTec Corporation, has secured the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Award for Advanced Field Phenotyping System, which will enable the company to build and install the largest and most sophisticated field phenotyping system on the planet.

Dedicated to measuring bioenergy crops, the Scanalyzer Field System will be installed in Maricopa, Ariz., in time for the 2016 growing season. Advances in genomic research have already delivered vast amounts of data for plant research; however, to progress this, automated high-throughput measurement of crops under field conditions, known as phenotyping, is also required.

The revolutionary system is part of the Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program, which arose from an ARPA-E workshop last year to develop tools that support genetic improvement of the yield of bioenergy crops grown in the field. LemnaTec, the only company with the expertise and track record to integrate hardware, sensors and data analysis software on such a scale, was chosen to supply the field phenotyping system.

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