Dr. Floyd Dowell
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.
Peiris, K. H.S., W. W. Bockus, and F. E. Dowell. 2016. Near-infrared spectroscopic evaluation of single-kernel deoxynivalenol accumulation and Fusarium head blight resistance components in wheat. Cereal Chem. 93: 25-31.
Sikulu-Lord, M. T., M. F. Maia, M. P. Milali, M. Henry, G. Mkandawile, E. A. Kho, R. A. Wirtz, L. E. Hugo, F. E. Dowell, and G. J. Devine. 2016. Rapid and non-destructive detection and identification of two strains of Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti by near-infrared spectroscopy. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10: e0004759. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004759.
Kinzner, M. -C., H. C. Wagner, A. Peskoller, K. Moder, F. E. Dowell, W. Arthofer, B. C. Schlick-Steiner, and F. M. Steiner. 2015. A near infrared spectroscopy routine for unambiguous identification of cryptic ant species. PeerJ 3: e991.
Liebman, K., I. Swamidoss, L. Vizcaino, A. Lenhart, F. Dowell, and R. Wirtz. 2015. The influence of diet on the use of near-infrared spectroscopy to determine the age of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 92: 1070-1075.
Mayagaya, V. S., A. J. Ntamatungiro, S. J. Moore, R. A. Wirtz, F. E. Dowell, and M. F. Maia. 2015. Evaluating preservation methods for identifying Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis complex mosquitoes species using near infra-red spectroscopy. Parasites Vectors 8: 1-6.
Dowell, F. E., D. Wang, X. Wu, and K. M. Dowell. 2014. Detecting the antimalarial artemisinin in plant extracts using near-infrared spectroscopy. Am. J. Agric. Sci. Tech. 2: 1-7.
Graybosch, R. A., P. S. Baenziger, D. Dantra, T. Regassa, Y. Jin, J. A. Kolmer, S. Wegulo, G. Bai, P. St Amand, X. Chen, B. W. Seabourn, F. E. Dowell, R. L. Bowden, and D. S. Marshall. 2014. Release of ‘Mattern’ waxy (amylose-free) winter wheat. J. Plant Reg. 8: 43-48.
Jin, F., G. Bai, D. Zhang, Y. Dong, L. Ma, W. Bockus, and F. E. Dowell. 2014. Fusarium-damaged kernels and deoxynivalenol in Fusarium-infected U.S. Winter Wheat. Phytopathology 104: 472-478.
Peiris, K. S., B. S. Drolet, L. W. Cohnstaedt, and F. E. Dowell. 2014. Infrared absorption characteristics of Culicoides sonorensis in relation to insect age. Am. J. Agric. Sci. Tech. 2: 49-61.
Sikulu, M. T., S. Majambere, B. O. Khatib, A. S. Ali, L. E. Hugo, and F. E. Dowell. 2014. Using a near-infrared spectrometer to estimate the age of Anopheles mosquitoes exposed to pyrethroids. PloS ONE 9: e90657. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090657.