TERRA-MEPP (Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform) is a low-cost, autonomous robot that analyzes biofuel crops throughout the growing season to pinpoint plants with desirable yield and sustainability traits.
Create an autonomous robot with visual and microclimate sensors to measure plant growth and physiological traits.
Develop software to manage the robot’s data and construct a 3D image of each plant to predict biomass yield.
Sequence the genome of each plant analyzed by the robot to link plant traits with their corresponding genes.
Generate a cost-benefit analysis to determine the value of the robot and its benefits for potential customers.