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Science To Solve World Hunger: Neutron Research With Plants

From the Canadian Institute of Neutron Scattering (CINS):

University of Saskatchewan scientists use neutron beams to observe plant roots in soil to aid breeding of drought-resistant crops.

Dr. Emil Hallin, with the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute of Food Security (GIFS), and Dr. Paul Arnison, a biotechnology consultant, came to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) with the goal of demonstrating the efficacy of imaging plants with neutron beams. The time, place and people are ripe – right now – to establish neutron imaging as a minimally invasive technique that can provide unprecedented information on how plants grow, especially with respect to two key areas: root architecture and water movement.

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