Resource Stewardship for a Secure Future
Did you know that crops "sweat"? It's called evapotranspiration. Measuring and monitoring this biological process, along with soil moisture monitoring, allows farmers to reduce water demand without sacrificing yields. Significant advancements depend on our ability to manage in ever-smaller increments – and make predictions and decisions based on more exact and reliable data. IANR is leading the way in discovering the flux and balance of water and energy in crop environments.
As demands on agriculture increase, so will competition for surface and groundwater resources – made even more challenging by the effects of climate change. IANR is studying the range of stressors that combine and interact to limit the genetic potential of plants, with the intent of understanding how organisms thrive.