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From the Dust Bowl to Drones: The Next Agricultural Revolution

Dr. Bruno BassoDr. Bruno Basso, MSU associate professor of Geology

Monday, October 6, 2014

Doors open at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m.

KBS Academic Center Auditorium
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Dr. Bruno Basso, a Michigan State University ecosystem scientist based at KBS, will examine the growing trend of precision agriculture—and talk about what it’s like to fly MSU’s first research drone—during Dessert with Discussion, a free community event.

An associate professor of Geology, Basso works with MSU’s Global Water Initiative, a transdisciplinary effort to advance innovative science that addresses water problems across the globe. His research forecasts growing conditions in current and future climates.

Basso gathers data from crops using a drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle—acquired by MSU in 2013.

“Progress in agricultural science and technology has been incredible in the last decade and it will continue at an even faster pace,” Basso said. “We need to use these technologies to improve the sustainability and resilience of agriculture to leave productive land for the next generation.”

Basso’s presentation, entitled “From the Dust Bowl to Drones: the Next Agricultural Revolution,” will chart the global transition from soil conservation practices to precision agriculture, a modern farming system that dramatically limits resource waste by using GPS mapping and satellite technology to target individual plants in need of water, fertilizer or pest treatments.

Call (269) 671-2015 or email communityrelations@kbs.msu.edu for more information.

Recent media featuring Dr. Basso:

PBS NewsHour on 9-10-2014
Dr. Bruno Basso's research using drones to help farmers apply fertilizers.

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Dessert with Discussion is an interesting and informative program that gives the community an opportunity to interact with MSU scientists on a variety of topics. These presentations are free and open to the public.

Join us for this informal hour-long event, which features an array of delicious desserts, tea and coffee provided by the KBS Manor House & Conference Center.

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A KBS tradition since 2005, see below for a list of speakers and presentation titles

Date Presenter Presentation Title
Sept. 20, 2005 Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Center for Systems Integration & Sustainability Pandas, People and Policies
April 25, 2006 Dr. Ronald Perry, Horticulture Michigan Wines
May 16, 2006 Dr. Kelly Millenbah, Fisheries & Wildlife Endangered Species and Agriculture: Is there a conflict?
Sept. 26, 2006 Dr. Donald Dickman, Forestry In Search of Michigan Forests
Oct. 24, 2006 Dr. Joan Rose, Fisheries & Wildlife A Pathogen's Day at the Beach
April 10, 2007 Dr. Norman Lownds, Horticulture Seed of Science: Connecting Children to Science thorugh the 4-H Children's Gardens
May 15, 2007 Joe Johnson, Kellogg Biological Station Endangered Species Restoration: Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Success Stories
September 18, 2007 Dr. Richard Merritt, Entomology Unraveling the mystery of an emerging disease in Africa: Buruli ulcer
October 30, 2007 Dr. Pamela Rasmussen, Zoology History and Mystery: Bird Diversity in South Asia
spring 2008 Dr. John Kerr, Community, Agriculture and Resource Studies
spring 2008 Dr. Dan Kramer, James Madison College, Fisheries & Wildlife What's a lake worth?
fall 2008 Dr. Randall Schaetzl, Geological Sciences The Changing Michigan Landscape
Oct. 20, 2009 Dr. Jean Tsao, Large Animal Clinical Studies, Fisheries & Wildlife Lyme Disease in Michigan
Oct. 18, 2011 Dr. Kay Holekamp, Zoology Spotted Hyenas of Kenya: How do they Communicate?
April 24, 2012 Dr. Joanne Westphal, School of Planning, Architecture & Design Gardens, Health and Healing: Folklore to Contemporary Practice
September 18, 2012 Dr. Michael W. Hamm, Food Science & Human Nutrition Regional Foods and the Future of Michigan
October 23, 2012 Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah, The Center for Science & Mathematics Education Greening Prisons through Science and Sustainability
October 8, 2013 Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton, Kellogg Biological Station The Kalamazoo River oil spill: Catastrophe and recovery
May 14, 2014 Dr. Elena Litchman, Zoology Microalgae in lakes and oceans: The good, the bad, the ugly
October 6, 2014 Dr. Bruno Basso, Geological Sciences From Dust Bowl to Drones: The Next Agricultural Revolution