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.
- 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.
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My Research In the News
Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords
Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.
January 25, 2017 |by Heidi Ledford, Nature – International Weekly Journal of Science
At Washington State University in Pullman, biological engineer Sindhuja Sankaran’s lab is preparing to deploy drones carrying lidar, the laser equivalent of radar. The system will scan agricultural fields to gather data on plant height and the density of leaves and branches. Sankaran also uses sensors to measure the volatile chemicals that plants give off, particularly when they are under attack from insects or … » More …Read Story