Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Improving work efficiency through Drone-based workshop in Bangladesh

(GAZIPUR, Bangladesh) 26 September 2023 – The IRRI-Bangladesh Office and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur, co-organized a training-workshop program as part of the Drone-phenotyping Seed Grant Project, held from September 10 to 14, 2023 at the BSMRAU campus. The workshop aimed to inform the participants of the importance of drone technology and its application in precise rice breeding research to improve work and output efficiency.

IRRI Senior Scientist Steve Klassen discussed the fundamentals of drone operation where he introduced necessary equipment and software and how they can help in drone mapping and GCP surveying. A hands-on session on generating quality reports through Pix4D and appropriate image processing was also conducted. The participants were also taught about using QGIS and R to extract vegetative indices from drone images.

Dr. Margaret Krause, Assistant Professor at Utah State University, USA, discussed strategies for integrating high-throughput phenotyping data into breeding decisions through genomic selection.

Prof. Dr. Gias Uddin Miah, Vice Chancellor of BSMRAU, formally inaugurated the workshop. Dr. Md. Kamal Hossain, Senior Associate Scientist at the IRRI-Bangladesh Office and the Principal Investigator of the Drone-phenotyping Seed grant project, delivered the opening remarks and outlined the workshop's objectives.

A total of 25 participants, comprised of 16 males and 9 females attended from both private and public institutions including IRRI, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), BSMRAU, Lal Teer Seed Ltd., and Supreme Seed Company Ltd.


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