Designing Crops for Global Food Security
Plant Phenotyping and Imaging
Research Centre (P2IRC)
P2IRC is a digital agriculture research centre funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), managed by the Global Institute for Food Security* (GIFS), and located at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
Accelerating crop development by linking specific genes to desired traits
P2IRC was founded in 2015 with $37.2 million awarded to USask by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The CFREF helps Canadian universities gain global competitive advantage and implement large-scale, transformational, and forward-thinking institutional strategies.
A growing population and different resource challenges have made food security a major issue facing the world today. Sustainable agricultural technology is key to feeding the world more resourcefully and will help breed more resilient crops faster, with reduced environmental impact.
A digital agricultural research centre, P2IRC will develop innovative tools to revolutionize crop improvement by accelerating the process of plant breeding and transforming food production capacity. The P2IRC program will generate a range of data-rich technologies, products, and services that will fundamentally transform seed and plant breeding of large-area crops essential to global food security, including wheat, canola, and lentils.
As a leading agricultural hub tackling global food security challenges, by 2022, P2IRC will be the unique resource for plant breeders around the world.
Using advanced imaging techniques, including synchrotron and next-generation technologies, to understand crop characteristics.
Understanding how digitization can provide pathways to revolutionize plant breeding.
Creating solutions in the digital agriculture space to catalyze technological adoption, secure social license, and clear regulatory and IP hurdles in target markets.