James Anderson, Professor
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Support: Forever Green Initiative, Clean Water Fund
Award Amount: $137,250
Field pennycress is a winter annual oilseed plant with the ability to provide both ecosystem services such as erosion control and nutrient pollution reduction. This proposal seeks to address equipment upgrades and transportation needs for the pennycress breeding program. The pennycress program is rapidly expanding the number of research plots and locations planted, but the program has faced some difficulty with efficiently operating the complex breeding planter and transporting it to off-campus research locations. Adding GPS capability to the planter would significantly reduce the time spent measuring and marking the field prior to planting. Adding the ability to transport our own equipment rather than depending on MAES staff will reduce delays during our small planting window. We expect that this equipment will be useful to other FGI research groups and will make it available for use outside of the pennycress planting season.