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Younsuk Dong, an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the MSU Department of Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering, has created a system that will improve irrigation and plant disease management. Dong’s hardware, entitled the Low-Cost Monitoring System, or LOCOMOS, is aimed at helping farmers determine optimal crop water patterns and can help farmers decide when crops need water and how much water to use. The technology utilizes multiple sensors to monitor in-field soil and environmental conditions and uses algorithms to enable precise irrigation and plant disease management.
While the most significant advantage of this technology is an increased crop yield with reduced water consumption, LOCOMOS has also proven to be an excellent tool for improving the overall health of crops. For example, data from LOCOMOS can help farmers determine the best application times for spray chemicals such as fungicides. Likewise, Dong also explained that the technology helps make farms more cost-efficient, ensuring farmers don’t waste expensive spray chemicals when they are not needed.
Dong and his research team have also been working on expanding the use of LOCOMOS to automate the irrigation process as well. Not only would the system aid farmers in learning when to irrigate their crops, but it would also automate the irrigation for them. The controlling system would automatically initiate the irrigation based on the data it gathers from its sensors and can compute optimal precision irrigation solutions based on internal algorithms.
Dong said he first gained inspiration for this project from his passion for creating solutions. “In engineering, we like to make things that can help others, so when people say ‘I need this’ or ‘I wish this one technology could do this,’ that is where we come in and start making solutions for it.”
Jon Debling, the technology manager on the project, said that Dong and coinventors Steve Miller and Lyndon Kelly first brought the idea for the technology to the Innovation Center in 2020. “They came to us with this innovation, and we have been working with them on how to advance it further.” With the help of the Innovation Center, Dong and Zhichao Cao, assistant professor at the MSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering, leveraged funding through a full Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization, or MTRAC, grant and with support from the Technology Transfer Talent Network, which are both supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
The MTRAC grant supports the development of an app, currently available on Android devices, that allows farmers to check moisture conditions and make watering decisions from their phones. “Basically, now all farmers have smartphones, so they can use this user-friendly app to tell them what moisture level is in their fields and can provide some recommendations on when to water them and how much water along with pesticide spray timing,” explained Dong.
Applications due June 1, 2023 by 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Description: To measure human biology, we need to understand the mysteries of the cell and how cells interact within and as systems. Metabolic physiology goes beyond studying metabolic pathways in isolation and instead seeks to integrate time and space to understand how metabolism regulates coordinated action among molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, and organisms. Addressing these multi-factorial problems requires diverse experimental and technological approaches. Mapping, measuring, and integrating metabolism across scales and systems is a path to understanding various facets of human physiology and addressing many common and rare diseases.
The Measuring Metabolism Across Scales RFA will support two-year collaborative research projects focused on measuring and understanding metabolism across organelles and cells. This opportunity is intended to support active collaborative teams of researchers with access to established resources ready to be extended, scaled, and applied to address key biological questions in the field of metabolism or metabolic physiology in health and disease. The opportunity also aims to support new collaborative teams focused on bridging multiple biology fields to accelerate metabolism research and the development of new tools to measure human biology. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Description: This DER seminar "Resources and Paths to Securing Corporate and Foundation Funding for Research" was presented by individuals from DER, Corporate Relations, and Foundation Relations and provide an overview of the services & resources available in streamlining the process in seeking and securing gifts. This seminar highlighted how to best work with internal partners to access corporate and foundation funding for your research. This session included time for open discussion. Attendees came with questions and were ready to learn how to open the door to securing gifts that will elevate your future research.
Adam Kingston, Senior Director, Foundation Relations, University Advancement
Kyan D. Zeller, Senior Director, Corporate Relations, University Advancement
Jennifer Jennings, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, College of Engineering
Jennifer Sergeant, Research Administrator, Division of Engineering Research, College of Engineering
The EREF invites applications for projects and research related to sustainable solid waste management practices that pertain to the following topic areas: climate change impacts on and from solid waste management; quantifying circularity of materials; quantifying environmental burden of plastic wastes; environmental justice relating to solid waste; waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products (including but is not limited to waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, other thermal or biological conversion technologies); strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling.
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above.
Principal investigators may include full-time faculty at academic institutions, post-doctoral employees, and principals or senior personnel at non-academic institutions.
Graduate students are not eligible to be principal investigators.
Pre-proposal submissions are limited to two (2) submissions per principal investigator during a particular submission period. Beyond this, the PI cannot be listed as a PI or co-PI on other submissions that round but may be listed as a supporting investigator on other submissions.
A pre-proposal template is available on the website.
Submission portal opens 15 days prior to the pre-proposal due date.
Description: DER has a catalog of research and funding seminars available on demand. Seminar topics range from critical instruction for new faculty through advanced training for senior research faculty. These presentations include instruction from experts regarding themes that include best practices in research, MSU policy, sponsor compliance, industry specific seminars, and more. Check them out today and utilize this incredible resource to help streamline your proposal development and promote success in your research. Watch now on demand!!!
Recent seminar presentations include:
DER is Here to Help (proposal & proposal development resources geared to promote success)
Tips for Writing a Persuasive Grant Proposal (grant writing to ‘sell’ a project to funders)
Finding Funding (tips for finding funding to support your research)
Roles and Responsibilities (tips for understanding roles and responsibilities at each stage of the project)
CAREER Award Workshop - Session 1 (best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals)
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