What’s Happening in the Plant Phenotyping World

High-Throughput Phenotyping Workshop in May 2015

The Plant Imaging Consortium is hosting the Plant High-Throughput Phenotyping Workshop May 18-22, 2015 at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.

Plant High-Throughput Phenotyping Workshop
Phenomics: How Next-Generation Phenotyping is Revolutionizing Plant Breeding

This book represents a pioneer initiative to describe the new technologies available for next-generation phenotyping and applied to plant breeding. Over the last several years plant breeding has experienced a true revolution. Phenomics, i.e., high-throughput phenotyping using automation, robotics and remote data collection, is changing the way cultivars are developed. Written in an easy to understand style, this book offers an indispensable reference work for all students, instructors and scientists who are interested in the latest innovative technologies applied to plant breeding.

Publisher: Springer; 2015 edition (January 13, 2015)
Language: English ASIN: B00S7L0DDI

New Plant Phenotyping Image processing  Applications notes see here

Application Note – Analysing Turfgrass Images
Application Note – Biocide screening
Application Note – Color Analysis using LemnaGrid

more details can be found here

PhenoDays 2015 in Munich, Germany

PhenoDays 2015: October 28 – 30, 2015 at Marriott Hotel Freising, near Munich Airport, Germany

Registration is open now.  All speakers should submit an abstract by September 1, 2015.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s greenhouse phenotyping platform is coming together at innovation campus in Lincoln

Searching for a Job?

Field Phenotyping Image Analysis & Data Handler position at Rothamsted Research.  If interested, please visit http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/jobs/1392

This post requires expertise in image processing and analysis, software and database development, preferably with a plant/agricultural science background, and will involve data extraction and large scale high throughput data handling. The appointee will liaise with other team members and facility users to ensure high throughput automated pipelines are in place to facilitate data flow from the experiments to the experimentalists.

CI-WATER Education Resources

Model Earth is a set of interactive and other resources to help educators to bring water science into the classroom. Developed by the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center for the CI-WATER and iUTAH Projects.

To see CI-Water Education modules, tools and resources, visit their Education & Outreach page.

What is CI-Water?

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2015 Big Data Analytics Summer Experience at MU Computer Science Department

Big Data is transforming science, engineering, medicine, healthcare, finance, business, and ultimately society itself. The Computer Science Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia will offer Big Data Analytics Summer Experience 2015, from July 6 through July 24, 2015. This program will introduce key Big Data processing and analytics technologies and teach practical skills and practices. This program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals.

Application deadline is April 10, 2015.

Visit the MU Engineering announcement for details and application instructions.

Undergraduate Research in Consumer Networking Technologies

The REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Site is in the area of Consumer Networking Technologies and will investigate some important issues related to software-defined networking, social media computing, social health networking for eldercare, body-area sensing and emotion recognition, and network performance optimization. The REU Site is supported by NSF, MU Office of Research, MU Office of Undergraduate Research, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science.

In this REU Site, students will participate and develop new skills in ongoing funded research projects of the faculty mentors by investigating, implementing, and testing viable solutions to technical challenges in consumer networking technologies. This research activity will allow the students to obtain a better understanding of the technical issues, performance, and trade-offs in consumer networking. Exposing the students to collaborative research environments, fostering their enthusiasm for science and engineering, and developing skills needed for pursuing advanced degrees in research is a goal of this program.

The REU site will support typically 10 undergraduate students every summer. The participants will engage in a 10-week summer school at the University of Missouri (MU). The participants will take a 1-week short course, one to two lectures per week in the remaining weeks, work with other undergraduate and graduate students and a faculty mentor to carry out a research project, present their progress weekly throughout the summer, and write project reports and give final presentations. In addition, the undergraduate participants will present their work at their home institutions during the following semester.

The Program runs from May 25 through July 31 in 2015. The undergraduate participants will get a stipend of $5,000, room (if needed) and meal allowance, plus support for travel to/from the Site, and potentially travel support to present their work at a conference.

Application is due by March 16

For more information, visit the REU Site website.

Seed Funding Request for Proposals

Missouri EPSCoR is excited to announce the release of the Missouri Transect Seed Funding RFP.

Access RFP and Intent to Submit Form

Access required Seed Funding Budget Form

Intent to Submit Form is due by Wednesday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Full Proposal and Budget Form are due by Wednesday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Send all correspondence to epscor@missouri.edu

RFP Snapshot

Program Name

The Missouri Transect Seed Funding

Source of Funds

The Missouri Transect Seed Funding is part of the NSF EPSCoR Track 1 Research Infrastructure Improvement grant The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community (IIA-1355406).

Purpose

The Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge, and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. The Missouri Transect Seed Funding program supports new research and educational initiatives to leverage new opportunities and emerging areas of research. These funds will be directed primarily to investigators and institutions not currently represented on the Missouri Transect team. High risk/high return projects from early career investigators, educators, and collaborative teams will be given preference for funding.

Eligibility

Any individual, independent researcher, or educator at any higher education and research institution in Missouri is eligible to apply.

Only projects with research and/or education in areas related to the Missouri Transect’s focus on the effects of climate variability on plants and communities are eligible for Seed Funding. The Strategic Plan for the Missouri Transect can be found at http://www.epscormissouri.org.

Seed Funds will be available in Year 2 of the Missouri Transect Project beginning August 1, 2015. Preference will be given to projects that focus on the following areas:

Environmental Sensors. Development and/or deployment of sensors that can be used to monitor environmental conditions in Missouri.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The development and/or deployment of UAS to image plants in natural and agricultural ecosystems to monitor the impact of climate variability on plant productivity.

Big Data Analytics. Innovative methodologies designed to analyze the large data sets generated by the Missouri Transect project.

Education and Outreach. Formal and informal STEM education projects across the educational continuum that stimulate student achievement and/or interest in STEM careers.

Workforce Development. New certificate or degree programs designed to meet Missouri’s growing needs in the areas of information technology, bioinformatics, plant sciences and/or climatology.

Technology Transfer/Commercialization. Projects designed to accelerate technologies developed through the Missouri Transect toward commercialization.

Award Amount and Duration

The total project budget should be a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs over a span of 6-24 months. The Missouri Transect anticipates distributing approximately $150,000 in the first year of Seed Funding.

Small Business Grants Solicitations

Solicitation 1

Program Title:

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

June 16, 2015

Synopsis of Program:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is intended to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR/STTR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF’s mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). SBIR/STTR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBA Policy Directive. A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR/STTR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR/STTR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization.

Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics that conform to the high-technology investment sector’s interests. The topics are detailed on the SBIR/STTR website.

Note: The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

More information about the NSF SBIR/STTR Program can be found on the Program Homepage.

Solicitation 2

Program Title:

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

June 18, 2015

Synopsis of Program:

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program is intended to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR/STTR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF’s mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). SBIR/STTR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBA Policy Directive. A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR/STTR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR/STTR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization.

The STTR Program requires researchers at universities, Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and other non-profit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. These researchers, by joining forces with a small company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the research institution.

This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF. This lineage must be documented in the Project Description section of the proposal here. Please note: It is NOT required that investigators of the original NSF-funded fundamental research be directly affiliated with the proposed STTR project or personnel.

NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics that conform to the high-technology investment sector’s interests. The topics are detailed on the SBIR/STTR website.

Note: The submission of the same project idea to both this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

Small Business Funding Opportunities (SBIR/STTR) for Environmental Technologies

Free Webinar on April 2, 1-3pm EDT.

Hear agency experts —Heather Henry from NIEHS SRP; April Richards from EPA; and Prakash Balan from NSF — highlight the unique characteristics of each of their environmental funding options, details of their SBIR/STTR programs, and tips on how to develop a successful SBIR/STTR application. A majority of the time will be dedicated to a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Register Now!

This webinar is designed to help small businesses and academic researchers better understand the different agencies that fund environmental technologies, and the fundamental goals of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The SBIR and STTR programs are one of the largest sources of funding for domestic small businesses to develop innovative high technical risk technologies that have potential for substantial commercial or societal benefits.

Plant Imaging Workshop, Tuesday, 26 May 2015

In conjunction with the 21st annual International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (ISRS) 2015, there will be a Plant Imaging Workshop on May 26, 2015 from 10 AM – 12 PM.  The schedule will be 30 minutes for each of the first 3 talks, with Q&A, and 15 minutes for each of the last 2 talks, with Q&A.

Plant Imaging Workshop Speakers and Titles:

  1. Dr. Richard Ferrieri, Brookhaven National Laboratory: “Basics of flux measurements in plants”
  2. Dr. Argelia Lorence, Arkansas State University: “Image-based Arabidopsis phenotyping at the Plant Imaging Consortium”
  3. Dr. Yuan-Chuan Tai, Washington University: “Real time molecular imaging of plants”
  4. Dr. Wenchau Qu, Brookhaven National Laboratory: “Synthesis of Short-Lived Radioisotope Labeled Molecules for Plant Imaging”
  5. Dr. David Mendoza-Cozatl, University of Missouri: “Use of radiotracers to assess leaf-to-leaf transport of trace metals in plants”

For more information, please visit ISRS 2015 Registration.

Webinar Announcement for SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems

Day: February 25, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST/12:00 – 2:00 PM CST

Topics include:

  • Guidelines and eligibility,
  • Proposal preparation guidance,
  • Recommendations for showcasing the coupled nature of the food, energy and water system.

The deadline for submissions to the Dear Colleague Letter announcement is March 30, 2015.

Webinar Registration
Preregistration is required for the event. Registration for the webinar will close February 24, 2015.

To register for this event, go to the webinar registration page. Once registration is complete, you will receive additional information on how to join this event.

Contacts
Tamara L. Battle, (703) 292-7015, tbattle@nsf.gov
Preferred Contact Method: Email