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USDA’s High-Throughput Phenomics Platform

ARS Phenomics Platform

The U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, Ariz., is a world leader in the development and deployment of high-throughput phenotyping technologies for crop improvement. This tractor-mounted platform quickly scans and assesses multiple phenotypic characteristics of thousands of lines of a crop species. The current focus is on improving water use efficiency and heat tolerance of food, fiber and industrial crops.  The strength of the ARS program prompted the Department of Energy to invest millions of dollars in Maricopa to build the world’s largest field scanner.

The Arid Land Agricultural Research Center’s mission is to develop sustainable agricultural systems, protect natural resources, and support rural communities in arid and semi-arid regions through interdisciplinary research. Research topics include crop and soil management, integrated pest management, insect and plant molecular biology, irrigation technology, remote and proximal sensing, water reuse, crop breeding and physiology, and global climate change.

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