PhotosynQ Video Featured On The Food Fix Website
- Apr 20, 2016
- Department of Energy Projects
- By Igor Houwat
Greg Austic from the Kramer Lab is one of the leaders of the PhotosynQ platform that is attempting to bring the lab to nature. Most plant research happens in highly controlled lab conditions. Unfortunately, the plants that human beings care most about grow outside where weather, bugs, and animals all impact their growth and health. PhotosynQ aims to create a global community where stakeholders, including educators, researchers, farmers, and citizen scientists collect plant and soil quality data from a single, low cost, handheld device in order to create and implement locally-based agricultural solutions.
The video below was produced by the Global Center For Food Systems Innovation, which aims to find effective and scalable solutions for global food systems and which was an early supporter of PhotosynQ. In the video, Austic gives an overview of the platform and touches on:
- The sensor that allows to identify plant disease or yields estimations at a low cost of just hundreds of dollars per device. In comparison, larger companies such as John Deere spend billions of dollars to address similar issues.
- The online platform allowing for global information sharing and discussing.
- How local consultants, breeders, environmental activists, and science each benefit from and influence the platform's evolution.
Currently, PhotosynQ has over 1000 users and over 225,000 measurements collected from all six continents. The developers are planning a massive extension of the project over the coming year. Stay tuned for more.