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By Chris Dunker
Lincoln Journal Star 

University of Nebraska team creates cornfield robot system


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Plant science students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still taught to phenotype by hand, wading into muddy fields to record the differences in physical characteristics between varying corn hybrids with a small set of tools and a pen and notebook.

But like the rest of 21st century life, technology is on track to render humans obsolete.

A team of UNL plant scientists and biological systems engineers have built an automated system capable of detecting an individual corn leaf and grasping it with robotic precision to screen its temperature, chlorophyll and wate...

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