The world population is growing and climate is changing. Agricultural systems are challenged to scale and adapt to meet the increasing demands for food, feed, fiber, and fuel produced on shrinking arable land and with diminishing water supplies.
In the Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) Program, we have the right people and the right physical and cultural environment necessary to foster the interdisciplinary research needed to solve these looming problems. Groups of plant biologists, engineers, and computational scientists are performing research focused in predictive phenomics, looking at massive amounts of data to create systems and models to predict plant yield. Iowa State engineers are designing robots, sensors, and other advanced equipment that monitor plants in the field and the lab. Data scientists are crunching and analyzing the data collected. These collaborations are developing the agricultural products and computational solutions to meet the emerging needs.