ISU receives $179,000 IGEM grant for drone research

An Idaho State University research team received a $179,00 grant to research drone use in agriculture.

The team is led by Donna Delparte, an assistant professor of geosciences who has researched drone photography to identify problem spots in crops for several years. Click here to read a 2014 Idaho Statesman story about drone research efforts by Delparte and others around Idaho.

Delparte is partnering with the J.R. Simplot Co. for the project. Simplot will provide financial support as well as helping connect Delparte with growers, soil mapping and tissue collection and sampling, a release said.

The ISU College of Technology will provide electronic and mechanical support services, including drone design and maintenance. Delparte and ISU will also provide sensing expertis and data collection, processing and analysis.

The grant was from Idaho Global Entrepreneuriao Mission, known as IGEM. The program receives $5 million from the state annually to distribute grants to tech startups and research projects in an effort to grow Idaho’s technology research and innovation community.

Click here for more information on IGEM.