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Phenomics: Challenging New Technologies to Solve a World Wide Issue

Have you ever stopped to watch the world population clock grow by the second? If you haven’t, visit this site: . Watch for a while and then ask yourself, “how do we feed all of these people?” When you see the rate at which the world’s population is growing, you quickly realize that there is a desperate need to learn as much as possible about plant and seed science. Also, to understand how these staples of human and animal life can be modified and altered to create healthier, heartier and more robust grains and vegetables used to feed the world. According to one website, more food must be produced in the next fifty years than has been produced in the last 10,000 years combined to sustain this vast population!

This question of feeding the world has been the subject of much debate for some time. Agricultural resources are quickly becoming more scarce. Acreage is diminishing and is becoming overrun by urban sprawl. The fact that crops are now being used for a variety of other purposes, such as biofuels and other industrial purposes further exacerbates the crisis. The solution? Create crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat that produce increased yields. Crops that are more resistant to disease, insects, and drought.

And now you ask, “how do we do that?” One answer is Phenomics. Phenomics is an area of study that measures the physical and biochemical attributes of plants and tracks those as they change in response to environmental influences.

Synthesis’ laboratory expertise spans the R&D, educational and corporate lab domains. Plant science and seed research laboratories are passions of ours. An example is the Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility on the Purdue University West Lafayette campus. This facility will contribute to and help push forward this interesting and much needed research.

Our past experiences in the areas of Agronomy and Agriculture science labs sets us apart from virtually all firms in Indiana. We understand the science and we understand how you want to work in your labs.


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