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Floyd E Dowell

Research Agricultural Engineer

Dr. Floyd Dowell                

Dr. Floyd Dowell
Research Agricultural Engineer

Contact Information:

ATTN: Floyd Dowell
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502

Telephone: 785.776.2753
Fax: 785.537.5550

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Dr. Dowell is involved with SPIERU's engineering project. 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.

K. G. Duodu and F. E. Dowell. 2019. Sorghum and millets: Quality management systems. In: Taylor, J. R. N., Duodu, K. G., editors. Sorghum and millets: Chemistry, technology, and nutritional attributes. 2nd edition. Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing. 421-440.
Esperanca, P. M., A. M. Blagborough, D. F. Da, F. E. Dowell, and T. S. Churcher. 2018. Detection of Plasmodium berghei infected Anopheles stephensi using near-infrared spectroscopy. Parasites & Vectors 11: 377.
Fernandes, J. N., L. M. B. dos Santos, T. Chouin-Carneiro, M. G. Pavan, G. A. Garcia, M. R. David, J. C. Beier, F. E. Dowell, R. Maciel-de-Freitas, and M. T. Sikulu-Lord. 2018. Rapid, noninvasive detection of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by near-infrared spectroscopy. Sci. Adv. 4: eaat0496.
Li, J., M. Zhang, F. Dowell, and D. Wang. 2018. Rapid determination of acetic acid, furfural, and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in biomass hydrolysates using near-infrared spectroscopy. ACS Omega 3: 5355-5361.
Milali, M. P., M. T. Sikulu-Lord, S. S. Kiware, F. E. Dowell, R. J. Povinelli and G. F. Corliss. 2018. Do NIR spectra collected from laboratory-reared mosquitoes differ from those collected form wild mosquitoes? PloS ONE 13: e0198245.
Sikulu-Lord, M. T., G. J. Devine, L. E. Hugo and F. E. Dowell. 2018. First report on the application of near-infrared spectroscopy to predict the age of Aedes albopictus Skuse. Sci. Rep. 8: 9590.
Bandara Y. M. A.Y., T. T. Tesso, S. R. Bean, F. E. Dowell, and C. R. Little. 2017. Impacts of fungal stalk rot pathogens on physiochemical properties on sorghum grain. Plant Disease 101: 2059-2065.
Brabec, D., F. Dowell, J. Campbell, M. West. 2017. Detection of internally infested popcorn using electrically conductive roller mills. J. Stored Prod. Res. 70: 37-43.
Dowell, F. E., and C. N. Dowell. 2017. Reducing grain storage losses in developing countries. Qual. Assur. Saf. Crop. 9: 93-100.
Krajacich, B. J., J. I. Meyers, H. Alout, R. K. Dabiré, F. E. Dowell and B. D. Foy. 2017. Analysis of near infrared spectra for age-grading of wild populations of Anopheles gambiae. Parasit Vectors 10: 552.