TerraSentia robot sits in front a corn field.

One robot is helping feed the future

Two research projects at the University of Illinois are coming together to benefit agriculture and help ensure global food security.

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Revamped ag robot unveiled at ARPA-E Innovation Summit

Robots developed to increase bioenergy crop yields will be showcased at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Denver.


Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they grow

A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers.


Scientists monitor crop photosynthesis, performance using invisible light

Light can reveal the plants’ photosynthetic performance throughout the growing season, according to newly published research by the University of Illinois. 


Agricultural robot may be ‘game changer’ for crop growers, breeders

Investors and executives in the agricultural industry are getting a first look at TerraSentia, a new-to-the-market agricultural robot that autonomously measures crop traits, developed at the University of Illinois.


Something new under the Arizona sun: a robotic revolution in plant breeding

On a bright, hot day this June in Arizona, a vehicle the size of a Golden Retriever, designed and constructed at the University of Illinois, rolls on miniature tank treads between two rows of young plants. A group of researchers, policy-makers, and farmers have gathered to see the early fruits of an unusual hybridization in modern agriculture. 


TERRA-MEPP awarded $3.1M to develop phenotyping robot

The University of Illinois announced that it has been awarded a 2-year, $3.1 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).