FOCUS AREA: Enabling Technologies
Every year stalk rot diseases and stalk boring insect infestations can result in serious damage to corn crops and significant yield losses. Current methods to evaluate resistance of corn varieties to stalk rots and borers require manual splitting of stalks and visually assessing or measuring the amount of internal stalk damage. These methods are not only labor and time intensive, but also can result in qualitative scoring and the destruction of valuable plant material. The ability to assess the internal integrity of corn stalks and the level of resistance to disease infection or insect damage in a rapid, non-destructive manner in the field would accelerate the generation of new resistant corn varieties.
At Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, our goal is to develop effective, sustainable, and durable solutions to crop diseases and pests, which is enabled by robust and rapid phenotyping assays. We invite public and private sector scientists to join in our efforts by submitting a research proposal for innovative approaches to accelerate phenotyping in the field with non-destructive methods for measurement of corn stalk integrity.
This opportunity is now closed.
Non-confidential proposals describing a plan to develop and evaluate corn stalk pith damage phenotyping methods that meet the following specifications:
The proposal should also include a high-level timeline to a proof of concept within a 12-month period and a breakdown of the estimated project cost.