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).

(*GIFS Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Situation)

 

 

A food-secure tomorrow. Harnessing machine learning to create climate-smart crops. Click image to learn more.

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. 

Why P2IRC? 

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.

Research Themes

Phenometrics

Leveraging the power of precision digital phenotyping and genomics for crop breeding.

Image Acquisition Technologies

Using advanced imaging techniques, including synchrotron and next-generation technologies, to understand crop characteristics.

Computational Informatics of Crop Phenotype Data

Understanding how digitization can provide pathways to revolutionize plant breeding.

Societal and Developing World Impact

Creating solutions in the digital agriculture space to catalyze technological adoption, secure social license, and clear regulatory and IP hurdles in target markets.

This research is underway thanks in part to funding from the
Canada First Research Excellence Fund.