Plant Imaging Consortium Seed Grants Announced

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Plant Imaging Consortium, Missouri-Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Track-2 program, has selected five competitive seed grant proposals to fund in 2015-2017:

1) Stephen Grace – “Using Plant Phenotyping, RNA Sequencing, and Metabolomics to Identify Drought Tolerance Mechanisms in Tomato”

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Co-PIs (collaborators): Argelia Lorence, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

             Christopher Topp, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

2) Vibha Srivastava – “A Cre-ative approach of imaging stress responses at the molecular level: amplifying gene expression in response to stress”

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Collaborators: Raman Sunkar, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

              Fiona Goggin, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

3) Benjamin Babst – “A Role for Transport in Nitrogen Stress Tolerance”

University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR

Co-PI: Fei Gao, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR

4) Noah Fahlgren – “PlantCV Extension and Expansion for Plant Imaging Consortium Compatibility”

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

Co-PI: Malia Gehan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

Collaborators: Jackson Cothren and Chris Angel , Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas

                          Argelia Lorence and Suxing Liu , Department of Chemistry and Physics, Arkansas State University

                          Yuan-Chuan Tai , Department of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis

5) Margaret Frank – “Graft junction formation: a dynamic investigation using PET and confocal imaging”

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

Co-PIs: Christopher Topp, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

             Dan Chitwood, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

PIC received many competitive proposals from institutions across Missouri and Arkansas.  These proposals aimed to do collaborative reserach on bioimaging using PIC facilitites at various research institutions in Missouri and Arkansas.

Plant Imaging Consortium Annual Meeting

Event date(s): Monday, June 5, 2017 to Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Location: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO

Plant Imaging Consortium/LemnaTec Internship - Summer 2017

Event date(s): Friday, May 5, 2017
Location: Research Triangle Park


The Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC), a program funded by the NSF EPSCoR RII Track 2 program, and LemnaTec have joined forces and are offering a unique summer internship opportunity for a graduate student affiliated with one of the PIC partner institutions in Arkansas or Missouri to gain experience in the exciting field of plant high throughput phenotyping. The selected candidate will work with LemnaTec Corporation in North America to produce high quality documents that facilitate external and internal customer product familiarity and ease of equipment use.

Functional Competencies

The selected candidate will:

  • Assist with the creation of user manuals, maintenance manuals, parts and schematics manuals, troubleshooting guides, installation guides and other information products as necessary. 
  • Interview and work closely with engineers and other technical personnel and use knowledge of plant phenotyping hardware and software systems to ensure accuracy and completeness of information. 
  • Research and draw relevant information from vendor documentation, engineering specifications, and existing product documentation, as appropriate. 
  • Effectively use appropriate authoring techniques, tools, standards, and processes to create documentation deliverables. 
  • Assist in creation of graphics in conjunction with design concepts and templates. 
  • Work independently as well as part of a technical communication team. 
  • Report the progress of assigned tasks against defined schedules.

Internship Start Date

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Duration of the internship

6 weeks


LemnaTec North America (Research Triangle Park) and visit(s) to multiple locations across the US

This internship includes a competitive stipend ($4,000), housing allowance (~$3,000), and travel support ($6,000) provided by PIC and LemnaTec.

Interested candidates must submit a CV and a letter of recommendation to alorence [at] astate [dot] edu">alorence [at] astate [dot] edu and todd [dot] dezwaan [at] lemnatec [dot] com">todd [dot] dezwaan [at] lemnatec [dot] com by May 5, 2017.