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Non-destructive, in-field measurement of corn stalk integrity

Focus Area: Enabling Technologies

Every year stalk rot diseases and stalk boring insect infestations can result in serious damage to corn crops and significant yield losses. Current methods to evaluate resistance of corn varieties to stalk rots and borers require manual splitting of stalks and visually assessing or measuring the amount of internal stalk damage. These methods are not only labor and time intensive, but also can result in qualitative scoring and the destruction of valuable plant material. The ability to assess the internal integrity of corn stalks and the level of resistance to disease infection or insect damage in a rapid, non-destructive manner in the field would accelerate the generation of new resistant corn varieties.

At Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, our goal is to develop effective, sustainable, and durable solutions to crop diseases and pests, which is enabled by robust and rapid phenotyping assays. We invite public and private sector scientists to join in our efforts by submitting a research proposal for innovative approaches to accelerate phenotyping in the field with non-destructive methods for measurement of corn stalk integrity.

 

Who Should Apply

Scientists in the public and private sector

Amount Awarded

Up to $50,000

Submission Date

April 01, 2019

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