Posted: November 24, 2020

A total of eleven teams were awarded SNIP grants to help them build a network of colleagues and form an area of strength in the college for transformative research.

At all levels, funding was awarded to collaborative interdisciplinary teams seeking to investigate focused research problems in pursuit of large-scale extramural grant opportunities. Read about each of the awarded projects below!

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Smart detection of crop pests

PI: Flor Acevedo
Insects and diseases cause major economical losses to several crops worldwide. Accurate and timely detection of pest problems is critical for effective control. However, farmers don't always have the knowledge or skills required to diagnose crop pest problems. The goal of this proposal is to explore the use of different technological tools to improve the detection of insects and diseases in grapevines. This project will combine expertise in entomology, plant pathology, plant sciences, soil sciences, computer sciences, software engineering, machine learning, mobile app development, and machine vision. The team will include members from the College of Agricultural Sciences and faculty from the school of engineering at Penn State Behrend.