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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Department of Bioengineering Commemorating 100 Years of Agricultural Engineering

April 29th, 2017

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

By Molly Peterson

WHAT: The University of Missouri Division of Food Systems and Engineering is celebrating the 100th anniversary of engineering in agriculture with a tractor show, quarter-scale tractor pulls, demonstrations and displays on Saturday, April 29.

Demonstrations, which will be conducted by faculty members and students representing MU’s High-Throughput Phenotyping Group, will include an autonomous robot vehicle that can produce 3-D models of plants and drones and robotic equipment used for high-throughput plant phenotyping. Phenotyping is an assessment of plant growth, development and resistance to environmental stressors.

The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the College of Engineering are partnering to facilitate the teaching, research and extension that is needed to provide this educational opportunity.

Bioengineering is a science-based engineering discipline that integrates engineering and biological sciences in one curriculum. Students in this department develop products and design systems or processes for improved human health and protection of the environment. Recent examples of Mizzou bioengineering advancements and projects include:

  • An implantable biofilter that catches tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream
  • Silver-coated stem cell scaffolds that fight Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Carbon-capture and storage technology that can make fossil fuel power plants more environmentally friendly

Lunch, featuring hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and refreshments, will be provided at no cost, while supplies last.

WHO: The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 29

WHERE: South Farm Research Center

3600 East New Haven Road

Columbia, MO 65201

NOTE: For more information about the event, please see: “Technology, Up Close.”

For more history on the MU Department of Bioengineering, please see:

At the Start: Bioengineering, Agricultural Systems Management to celebrate roots in agricultural engineering