The Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center at Purdue University, a 25,500-square-foot facility at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE), opened in fall 2016 and is the first field phenotyping facility of its kind in North America.
Purdue’s automated field phenotyping facility is open to Purdue faculty, staff, and students and designed to yield profitable innovations to feed a growing population. Plant breeders, engineers, computer scientists, and aviation scientists are collaborating to apply their expertise in an environment that impacts our entire food production system – the field.
Why is it important?
While the genetic background of plants may be known, the environment varies and will cause differences in physical plant characteristics – the phenotype. Understanding this variation will help farmers grow better crops regardless the environmental condition.
The center will deliver innovative techniques to enhance sustainable production practices, keeping Indiana farmers competitive in the global market. New tools will provide quicker, more precise detection of nutritional needs and earlier disease diagnosis, maximizing yield while minimizing inputs.