Joint development of synchrotron expected to advance agricultural research Labmate Online

In an effort to improve agricultural research, the Brazilian Center for Energy and Materials Research (CNPEM) and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) located at the University of Saskatchewan are pooling their technical resources and knowledge to advance the development of accelerators and machines.

During the signing of a memorandum of understanding, Bill Matiko, COO of CLS, said: “We look forward to this new collaboration with our colleagues in Brazil. Their cutting-edge expertise in the development of next-generation light sources will greatly contribute to our long-term planning. Together, we will advance agricultural innovation in our two countries by expanding the applications of synchrotron technology in agricultural research – from soils and plants to food and animals.

The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory is part of CNPEM, a private non-profit organization under the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The center operates four national laboratories and houses the most complex project in Brazilian science – Sirius – one of the most advanced synchrotron light sources in the world.

The MOU, in effect for five years, will focus on a new program – Project Maple – which will create a mail-in rapid access agricultural program allowing Sirius users to access the VLS- PGM of CLS. Scientists from both institutions will work together to develop the applications of synchrotron science in agriculture through workshops, proposal development presentations and collaborative research projects.

Organizations will also share best practices for maintaining, designing and testing cutting-edge technologies and equipment, and designing and building next-generation facilities.

“Studies in agriculture are essential to meet the challenges of tomorrow and the use of synchrotron light as a research tool offers great potential in the search for scientific answers in this field”, emphasizes José Roque, Director General of CNPEM. “The partnership between CNPEM and CLS will be able to promote research in agriculture, as both institutions have extensive experience in cutting-edge research with synchrotron light and can benefit from joint research and information exchange.

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Lana T. Arthur