North Carolina State University, SAS and Intero Life Sciences project

Using data analysis to improve sweet potatoes

An interdisciplinary team from North Carolina State University, SAS, and Intero Life Sciences are partnering for a three-year project that will use artificial intelligence to make sweet potatoes even more profitable.

The project is part of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (NC PSI), which aims to bring together academia, government, and industry to drive vital research and innovation to solve the world’s agricultural challenges. The project team will work with farmers and agribusinesses to image hundreds of thousands of sweet potatoes and then calculate their shape and quality characteristics. The goal is to increase the percentage of sweet potatoes that are rated US Department of Agriculture Grade 1, and are thus most profitable for growers.

NC PSI has partnered with SAS and Intero Life Sciences to assist with capturing and analyzing the big data associated with this project and others. SAS is a globally-recognized analytical software company based in Cary, North Carolina, and brings to the partnership many data analysis and data modeling tools as well as considerable experience in agricultural data analytics.

Intero Life Sciences, a Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based bioinformatics company, is experienced in developing platforms for managing large sets of heterogeneous data, similar to what the project will produce.


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