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Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran Phenomics Lab

Welcome!

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.

Research Interests

  • Automated system development for agricultural applications.
  • Proximal and remote sensing (unmanned aerial vehicle and satellite) technologies for high-throughput crop phenotyping.
  • Biomarkers-based phenotyping using high-throughput sensing techniques.

My Research in the News

  • Who are you going to call? Rotbusters!

    August 29, 2019  |  Capital Press

    SankarinIf 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 …

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Sindhuja.Sankaran@wsu.edu
(509) 335 – 8828
FAX: (509) 335 – 2722

Google Scholar Profile
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


LJ Smith Hall, Room 202
Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6120