PhotosynQ workshop slated for April 22

  • Apr 14, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Plant Biology, Plant Research Laboratory

Field researchers are invited to attend a workshop to learn more about PhotosynQ, a handheld device with sensors and an online data sharing and analysis platform created in the lab of David Kramer, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis. The workshop will be held from 10:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22 at the Molecular Plant Sciences Building Atrium, 1066 Bogue St., on the MSU campus.

The goal of PhotosynQ is to create an active global community of researchers, educators and citizen scientists sharing all data collected through a distributed network of cloud-connected scientific instruments and communication tools.

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. The PhotosynQ project was started to understand how plants work at a fundamental level in the field, where it matters most.

PhotosynQ has been used in the past, or can be used in the future to:

  • Identify biotic and abiotic stress • Enhance plant breeding
  • Evaluate crop management strategies
  • Develop project based education tools
  • Assess soil quality
  • Detect disease contamination in grain

Kramer is a professor in the College of Natural Science and the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. His research is funded in part by MSU AgBioResearch.

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