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engineering and technology for a sustainable world July/August 2013 Vol. 20 No. 4 Magazine Staff: Donna Hull, Publisher, email@example.com; Sue Mitrovich, Managing Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org; Glenn Laing, Contributing Editor, email@example.com; Melissa Miller, Professional Opportunities and Production Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sandy Rutter, Professional Listings, email@example.com; Darrin Drollinger, ASABE Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Editorial Board: Chair Brian Steward, Iowa State University; Secretary/Vice Chair, Tony Grift, University of Illinois; Past Chair Rafael Garcia, USDA-ARS; Thomas Brumm, Iowa State University; Victor Duraj, University of California, Davis; William Reck, USDA-NRCS; Shane Williams, Kuhn North America; Chad Yagow, John Deere Harvester Works; Jeong Yeol Yoon, University of Arizona. Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World (ISSN 1076-3333) (USPS 009-560) is published six times per year— January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December—by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659, USA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Resource, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659, USA. Periodical postage is paid at St. Joseph, MI, USA, and addi-tional post offices. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Contact ASABE order department, 269-932-7004. COPYRIGHT 2013 by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Permission to reprint articles available on request. Reprints can be ordered in large quantities for a fee. Contact Donna Hull, 269-932-7026. Statements in this publication represent individual opinions. Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World and ASABE assume no responsibility for statements and opinions expressed by contributors. Views advanced in the editorials are those of the contributors and do not necessarily repre-sent the official position of ASABE. July/August 2013 FEATURES 4 Maize Root Matters Tony Grift and Martin Bohn “ ... the study of root structures of maize (and potentially other crops) needs to be expanded.” Enter CRIB, an instrument that can image up to 600 maize roots per day. 7 New Strategies to Improve Sprout Safety 7 Hao Feng, Lilia Fransisca, and Hua Wang To improve seed safety, new research focuses on the interplay between seed surface conditions, microbial attachment and removal, and the efficacy of new and existing sanitizers. 10 Ireland Develops Smart Biometrics for Animal ID Gerard Corkery, Ultan McCarthy, Kevin McDonnell, and Shane Ward Biometric animal ID is based on unique individual physiological characteristics, is tamper-proof by nature, and the ID remains with an animal throughout its life. 12 Agriculture and Climate Change 12 Otto Doering “The potential consequences of climate change are so great that being unprepared is not an option. The dilemma is how to link what we are learning with adaptation strategies.” 14 Engineering a Better Biomass Supply Chain James H. Dooley, P.E. Contributions of ASABE members and other professionals throughout the supply chain are reducing the energy needed for harvesting and processing biomass feedstocks and improving yields from the conversion to biofuels and bioproducts. 17 UNL Student Tours Europe with CLAAS Dylan Smith wins big: a trip to AETC/Ag Connect and a week in Germany. 18 The Rise of Small UAVs in Precision Agriculture 17 Reza Ehsani and Joe Mari Maja By linking wireless sensor networks and robotic and automation systems, UAVs can change the way field data is collected, field equipment is monitored, and ag machinery is operated. UPDATE 20 22 18 Research advances in conversion of wastes and algae to crude oil Irrigation wastewater can help salvage damaged soils Plant structures may inspire new materials Saving water without hurting peach production Revolutionary technology aids thirsty crops during drought In-package cold plasma process kills foodbourne bacteria Tales of manure-based microbes/Reducing ammonia emissions Fat worms inch scientists toward better biofuel production 23 24 25 26 27 28 ON THE COVER Corn root image, courtesy of Tony Grift. 28 DEPARTMENTS American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2950 Niles Road St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659, USA 269.429.0300, fax 269.429.3852 email@example.com, www.asabe.org 2 From the President 29 Events Calendar/Professional Opportunities 30 Professional Listings 31 Last Word Your Invitation to the Giving Back Fund Sonia Maassel Jacobsen, P.E.