Autonomous drones buzz overhead, creating detailed maps of canopy temperatures. Tree-mounted sensors measure drought stress in orchards in real-time. Rapid diagnostics help farmers identify crop diseases and harvest quality in the field. High quality data are sent to the cloud to be analyzed by artificial intelligence, and farmers on the ground make informed management decisions based on data and science. This is digital agriculture. Could a data revolution in agriculture empower farmers around the world? And how can public interest research and development deliver the benefits of digital agriculture in an equitable manner? Join Alliance for Science correspondent Chris Knight in conversation with Susan McCouch, an influential rice geneticist and director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture, a multidisciplinary initiative that aims to develop applied digital innovations in agriculture to improve the sustainability, profitability, resiliency and efficiency of the world’s food systems.
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