Dorothy Menefee presented her research in the department seminar. Dorothy's seminar was titled "Gross Primary Production of Corn in East-Central Texas Using Eddy Covariance and PlanetScope Satellite Imagery".
We are investigating climate smart practices including specific plant traits such as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). BNI is the ability of some plants to release nitrification inhibitors from their roots.
Grain crops and cotton are major crops in Texas. However, little information is available about organic farming practices. We are currently investigating organic practices for cotton and grain crops in Texas.
In this collaborative project funded by ARPA-E, we are developing a field-deployable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Rhizotron for modeling and enhancing root growth and biogeochemical function.
We are studying agroecosystem processes (carbon flux and evapotranspiration) using soil, crop, and environmental measurements along with field-scale tower-based eddy covariance flux measurements.
We are using cropping system simulation models such as the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) to study the long-term effect of management practices.
We are looking at both satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based remote sensing data for phenotyping, crop stress assessment and developing smart precision farming strategies.