TERRA-MEPP (Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform) is a low-cost, autonomous robot that analyzes biofuel crops throughout the growing season to pinpoint plants with desirable yield and sustainability traits.

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Create an autonomous robot with visual and microclimate sensors to measure plant growth and physiological traits.


Develop software to manage the robot’s data and construct a 3D image of each plant to predict biomass yield.


Sequence the genome of each plant analyzed by the robot to link plant traits with their corresponding genes.


Generate a cost-benefit analysis to determine the value of the robot and its benefits for potential customers.


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