The 2021 Overijssel PhD Award was won by UT researcher Sugandh Chauhan of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) for her research on lodged crops and how they can be tracked down using satellite imagery. The award was presented at the DIES Natalis (Foundation Day) in May 2022, which marked the University of Twente’s 60th anniversary. You can now see and hear her story in this video below.
The lodging of crops (the permanent buckling of stems and displacement of roots) can considerably reduce the yield of cereals, such as wheat. The existing methods used to assess the extent of lodged crops are mainly based on field inspection and mathematical models, and these are time consuming and difficult to deploy when vast areas are involved. Please go to this article for more information on Sugandh's research and the PhD Award.