The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded $37.2 million over seven years by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for leading-edge research and technology that will transform crop breeding and provide innovative solutions to national and global food security.

To achieve this, U of S agricultural and nutritional scientists will collaborate with computer scientists, engineers and imaging technologists to use powerful computational informatics, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, and other U of S imaging facilities to create digital representations of plant phenotypes (agricultural traits). Data analytics experts will then link these phenotypes to specific genes (DNA sequences) specifying important crop traits.

Moloney anticipates that the breakthrough science made possible by this investment will position Canada as a global powerhouse in agricultural research and lead to commercial spin-offs involving field and aerial sensors (drones), satellite imaging, and big data analytics, as well as new technology for acquiring below-ground data.

For information is available here: http://words.usask.ca/news/2015/07/29/u-of-s-awarded-37-2-million-to-design-crops-for-global-food-security/

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