Positioning Canada as a global powerhouse in food security
With the global population estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, farmers will need to increase productivity by 70 per cent to meet demand. In response, Dr. Maurice Moloney and researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security will combine plant genomics with crop phenotyping (the identification of useful traits) using high-performance computing and digital imaging technology.
This computational approach to plant breeding will allow researchers to design the next generation of sustainable crops at a speed and scale previously inconceivable.
With funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the university’s Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre will become a unique global resource for plant breeders.
* Maurice Moloney was one of 14 Innovators to Know invited to Ottawa by Universities Canada on Feb. 24, 2016 to meet with high school students, science policy makers and Parliamentarians.