The development of agriculture and food science is essential to ensure a constant food supply for the world's growing population and to eliminate starvation in developing countries.
Production of crops with resistance to disease and cold will result in longer crop seasons and greater yields, while detoxification of soil and purification of water will mean that currently unusable soil can become viable. Furthermore, understanding of aging processes in foods can result in longer shelf-lives which will help in shipping food to famine stricken lands.
DESY offers agriculture and food-science companies access to experimental techniques at DESY Photon Science synchrotron facilities applicable to a range of problems including:
- Analysis of soil
- Characterisation of trace-element distribution in plants
- Characterisation of structure and function of plant proteins
- Imaging of plant structures and mapping cellular constituents
- Studying the effects of fertilisers and contaminants on plants
- Investigation of the processes occurring when pathogens weaken host plants
- Assessment of the role of root-soil-microbe communication
- Understanding and slowing down of aging processes in food