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Smart Farms project

 

Project Overview

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The Smart Farms Project fits into the iSEE research themes of Secure & Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Solutions, and Energy Transitions.

 

In Lead Investigator Kaiyu Guan’s words:

“Our DOE-funded project team will develop a precise system for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from commercial bioenergy crops — essentially new technology for managing bioenergy crops, improving yield, reducing over fertilization, and designing new tools for ‘Smart Farms.”

“We will establish the Midwest Bioenergy Crop Landscape Laboratory (MBC-Lab) to monitor emissions on fields in Champaign County, and the vast amount of data collected will be publicly available and could someday lead to financial rewards for farmers who reduce emissions through sustainable crop management.

“Our team will develop protocols for data processing and storage, create an online portal for growers and other researchers to access, and build the cyberinfrastructure for real-time data visualization. The researchers will also share findings regularly with the broader farmer communities in Illinois.

“Our MBC-Lab is the perfect testbed for measuring emissions from biofuel production, and the platform we will develop will provide data and technology that can be applied to existing markets and broader production agriculture for ‘smart farming’ and environmental sustainability.”


Project News

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) was instrumental in helping a University of Illinois team land a $3.3 million U.S. Department of Energy grant.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.3 million grant to a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a precise system for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from commercial bioenergy crops grown in central Illinois.

The three-year project through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is expected to reduce emissions associated with ethanol and other biofuels by enabling new technology for managing bioenergy crops, improving yield, reducing overfertilization, and designing new tools for “smart farms.” The vast data collected will be publicly available and could someday lead to financial rewards for farmers who reduce emissions through sustainable crop management.

Led by Kaiyu Guan, an Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), the team will establish the Midwest Bioenergy Crop Landscape Laboratory (MBC-Lab) to monitor emissions on three 85-acre maize and soybean fields in Champaign County.

Read the full news announcement >>>


The Team

Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PIs

 

Operating Team (Faculty, Postdocs, Technicians, Students)

  • Wendy Yang, Associate Professor of Plant Biology
    Departmental page >>>
    Lab page >>>
  • Chunhwa Jang, Postdoc in Crop Sciences
  • Chongya Jiang, Postdoc in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • Yuchen Liu, Postdoc in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • Xiangmin Sun, Postdoc in Plant Biology
    Bernacchi Lab page >>>
  • Sheng Wang, Postdoc in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • Bin Peng, Research Scientist in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
  • Leslie Stoecker, Data Manager, Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation

 

Collaborator

  • Tilden Meyers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Publications & Presentations

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