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Bruno Basso's Lab

Bruno Basso is a Foundation Professor in Department of Earth and Environment Sciences. His research falls broadly in the area of sustainable agriculture. His approach is to integrate diverse disciplines such as Biophysics, Climatology, Hydrology, Genetics, Agronomy, and Soil Science to understand the overall agricultural systems and to improve decision-making across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from the smallholder farmer in the developing world to the industrial producer and policy maker at all scales.

Dr. Basso's main interest is in the ecosystem of row-crop production systems. Chemically intensive production requirements have raised serious concerns about the sustainability of these systems. Of particular importance is the ability to provide sustainable ecosystem services (crop production, carbon sequestration, and nitrogen conservation, in particular).

Key aspects of his approach include the following:

  1. Developing and applying advanced crop system models to predict the impact of weather, soil and management on short-term and long-term yield, nutrient uptake, water use efficiency and environmental outcomes
  2. Exploring the advances and limitations of different air and space-borne platforms to obtain remotely sensed data and link this information with algorithms to understand spatial and temporal nutrient and water uptake by plants and to integrate this information in quantitative models
  3. Assessing the impact of climate variability and change on agricultural production systems

The understanding of the spatial and temporal variability aspects of the soil-plant-atmosphere system is at the core of his research. One of his main research goals is to develop new technologies and transfer knowledge to farmers to better manage this variability and to quantify the risk associated with the decisions they make in order to optimize economic and environmental outcomes.

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Dr. Bruno Basso
Foundation Professor
Dr. Basso's CV
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Bruno and Rich demostrate UAV's and senors to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue MSUToday, April 3, 2018 and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Youtube video of Bruno's presentation to the MSU board of Trustees on December 15, 2017

Faculty Voice: Bruno Basso Digital Agriculture USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, July 12, 2017

Making the World Less Hungry Through Agronomy Management The Food Fix, June 12, 2017

Farming with drones hones in on drier zones WKAR radio, March 22, 2017

MSU Innovation Celebration | Bruno Basso, Innovation of the Year Youtube, April 13, 2016

Technology Driven MSU AgBioResearch, November 9, 2015

Expert: drone technology a game-changer in agriculture WKAR Current State, October 7, 2014

How drones could limit fertilizer flow into Lake Erie PBS Newshour, September 9, 2014

Great Lakes Now Connect has produced a 30 minute special Great Lakes Now Connect: Food Supply, July 31 2014 -- check out the video segment here

Saving the Great Plains Water Supply MSU Today, December 13 2013

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Field Scouting and Spraying CSA News December 3 2013

A drone helping farmers better manage their crops NSF Science Now

MSU Lands First Drone MSU Today, September 10 2013

How Do You Feed 9 Billion People? MSU Today, June 9 2013

Using Science to Address Farm Pollution MSU Today, June 3 2013