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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Floyd Dowell - Research Leader
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1 - Research Interests
2 - Dowell Publications
3 - Education
Research Interests

Contact Information:

Mail:   USDA, ARS, CGAHR, EWERU
Attn:   Floyd Dowell
                       1515 College Ave
                       Manhattan, KS  66502

Email:  
floyd.dowell@ars.usda.gov
Phone:   785.776.2753
Fax:   785.537.5550

 Floyd Dowell 
   Research Leader  
  

 

Dr. Dowell is the Research Leader of the Engineering & Wind Erosion Research Unit.  He develops instruments and procedures to measure the characteristics of wheat and other biological materials using techniques such as near-infrared spectroscopy. Current projects include using NIRS to measure grain traits such as scab damage, wheat hardness, amylose content, protein content, and color class.  He also develops automated sorting technology that is used to select kernels with specific traits to enhance the quality of breeding lines.  This research is also being applied to identifying insect characteristics such as mosquito species, midge and mosquito age, and honeybee health.

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