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Sindhuja Sankaran, Ph.D

Associate Professor


Introduction

Dr. Sankaran works in the Agricultural Automation Engineering research emphasis area of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Her research focus is on sensor technologies for crop phenotype monitoring to support plant breeding, crop plant research, and precision agriculture applications. Her work involves development and integration of opto-electronic, biological, and chemical sensor technologies for non-invasive, rapid, continuous monitoring of plant responses to environment, abiotic and biotic stressors, and other applications.

Research Interests

  • Automated system development for agricultural applications.
  • Proximal and remote sensing (UAV) technologies for high-throughput crop phenotyping.
  • Molecular phenotyping using olfactory protein-based biosensors and other techniques.

See more at my Research Site.

 

Sindhuja Sankaran

Email Dr. Sankaran
509-335-8828

L.J. Smith Hall 202
Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6120


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My Research In the News

  • Who are you going to call? Rotbusters!

    August 29, 2019  |  Capital Press

    SankarinIf potato farmers worry about storage losses, they might want to call “Rotbusters.”That’s the name Sindhuja Sankaran uses to explain her work using sensors to detect storage diseases like pythium and soft rot at early stages, even before their symptoms become visible.

    Sankaran is an associate professor in the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

    She says the sensors “smell” differences in potatoes that a disease emits. For example, a farmer might use a portable sensor to scan different areas … » More …

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