NDSU plant scientist receives USDA grant

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USDA grant connects interdisciplinary crop and livestock scientists who are researching agricultural phenotypes.

Filipe Matias is part of a multi-state research team selected to receive a grant for UAV research.

North Dakota State University (NDSU) Department of Plant Sciences research scientist Filipe Matias is part of a multi-state research group that has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study the use of unoccupied aerial vehicles (UAVs) for genome to phenome agricultural production research.

Filipe Matias is part of a multi-state research team selected to receive a grant for UAV research.

The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) is a three-year grant with the goal of connecting interdisciplinary crop and livestock scientists who are researching the effects of genotype and environmental influences on important agricultural phenotypes. Short-term (six months to a year) seed grants to identify research needs and share opportunities are awarded each year of the grant in three rounds. The research team including Matias received a first-year seed grant titled “Empowering High-Throughput Phenotyping using Unoccupied Aerial Vehicles.”

The research team working with Matias includes Max Feldman of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Prosser, Wash., Jennifer Lachowiec of Montana State University and David LeBauer of the University of Arizona. Their goals are creating a community of researchers to develop software and pipelines for gathering data, learning UAV operating procedures and creating communication tools such as websites.   

Learn more about the grant at the AG2PI website: www.ag2pi.org/