Dr. Dale Cope pilots a quad copter UAV for an aerial survey of the maize Genomes to Fields project, the imagery will be used to phenotype plant height and other characteristics. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)
Dr. Dale Cope pilots a quad copter UAV for an aerial survey of the maize Genomes to Fields project, the imagery will be used to phenotype plant height and other characteristics.

Grant awarded for plant phenotyping tool development

Analytical tool research will aid screening of potential corn lines.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research will receive $490,000 over a three-year period as part of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project grant to develop analytical tools and determine if these can help select superior corn varieties.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture has awarded the grant funds, which will build upon data collected over the past two years using both fixed-wing and copter UAV and ground vehicle data.

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