2018 Spring Graduation
Dr. Sankaran works in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering with a research emphasis in Agricultural Automation Engineering. Her research focus is on sensor technologies for crop phenotype monitoring to support plant breeding, crop plant research, and precision agriculture applications. Her work involves development and integration of opto-electronic, biological, and chemical sensor technologies for non-invasive, rapid, continuous monitoring of plant responses to environment, abiotic and biotic stressors, and other applications.
August 29, 2019 | Capital Press
If potato farmers worry about storage losses, they might want to call “Rotbusters.”That’s the name Sindhuja Sankaran uses to explain her work using sensors to detect storage diseases like pythium and soft rot at early stages, even before their symptoms become visible.
Sankaran is an associate professor in the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
She says the sensors “smell” differences in potatoes that a disease emits. For example, a farmer might use a portable sensor to scan different areas … » More …Read Story