2021 TAREC Graduates
Dr. Sayantan Sarkar, graduated in Dec 2020 from the TAREC’ s Plant Physiology and PVQE program after three years of sustained effort to develop high-throughput selection methods using drones and photogrammetry. Although his methods included only peanut, there are hopes that they are easily transferrable to other crops. In addition to a successful graduation leaving Sayantan with four manuscripts to publish, one was already published, his efforts were also rewarded with a job offer as a postdoc in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Tennessee, where Sayantan will report in end of March 2021.
Sayantan’ s great achievements came with a bonus from the professional societies in Dec. He won the 3rd prize at the 2020 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual photography contest; his picture had an onion flower from Dr. Langston’s vegetable trial last year. The photography contest is held every year and has five themes ASA: Agronomy Feeds the World; CSSA: Plant Science for a Better World; SSSA: Soils Sustain Life; Tools at Work; and People at Work. Each participant was allowed to submit a maximum of four pictures and describe them based on one of the themes. Sayantan won within the CSSA theme. His picture along with all other winning pictures are here https://www.acsmeetings.org/photo-contest.
Sayantan's research work deals with high-throughput phenotyping for drought tolerance in peanuts. It involves remote sensing and machine learning techniques to estimate plant physiological and morphological traits. Digital, false color near-infrared, and thermal images are used to extract leaf reflectance and color space indices for remote estimation purposes. Major goal of his research is automation of crop data collection for faster crop breeding and precision agriculture.