Improve Your Plant Study: 3 Types of Environmental Data You May Be Missing
What data are you missing?
The environment plays a large role in any plant study. Ensuring you’re capturing weather and other environmental parameters in the best way allows you to draw better conclusions. To accurately assess plant stress tolerance, you must first characterize all environmental stressors. And you can’t do that if you’re only looking at above-ground weather data.
For example, drought studies are notoriously difficult to replicate and quantify. Knowing what kind of soil moisture data to capture can help you quantify drought, allowing you to accurately compare data from different years and sites.
Get better, more accurate conclusions
It’s important for your environmental data to accurately represent the environment of your site. That means not only capturing the right parameters but choosing the right tools to capture them. In this 30-minute webinar, application expert Holly Lane discusses how to improve your current data and what data you may not be collecting that will optimize and improve the quality of your plant study. Find out:
- How to know if you’re asking the right questions
- Are you using the right atmospheric measurements? And are you measuring weather in the right location?
- Which type of soil moisture data is right for the goals of your research or variety trial
- How to improve your drought study, why precipitation data is not enough, and why you don’t need to be a soil scientist to leverage soil data
- How to use soil water potential
- How accurate your equipment should be for good estimates
- Key concepts to keep in mind when designing a plant study in the field
- What ancillary data you should be collecting to achieve your goals
Holly Lane has a BS in agricultural biotechnology from Washington State University and an MS in plant breeding from Texas A&M, where she focused on phenomics work in maize. She has a broad range of experience with both fundamental and applied research in agriculture and worked in both the public and private sectors on sustainability and science advocacy projects. Through the tri-societies, she advocated for agricultural research funding in DC. Currently, Holly is an application expert and inside sales consultant with METER Environment.