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Solving Big Problems in Agriculture and Energy

Michigan State University plant researcher David Kramer has his sights set on making a measurable impact on food security and renewable energy for the future. He and his team are making sophisticated scientific tools inexpensive and easy to use to empower and connect researchers, farmers, and plant experts around the world, and, ultimately, to maximize big data for big solutions.



The Kramer lab has unveiled a sophisticated, user-friendly, and cheap scientific instrument to measure plant health and photosynthesis parameters. Collected data is uploaded to an online platform and is available for anyone who joins: plant scientists, citizen scientists, farmers, and breeders. The Kramer lab is using the collected data (over 425,000 data sets from over 28 countries, to date) to understand how to improve plant yields.

  • via the MSU-DOE Plant Laboratory website

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