• Joint Synchrotron development set to advance Agricultural Research
    signing the MOU at the CLS. Left to Right: Mark Boland, Machine Director; Bill Matiko, Chief Operating Officer (seated); Lucia Zuin, Senior Scientist; Chithra Karunakaran, Science Manager; and Gianluigi Botton, Science Director. (Credit: CLS)
  • José Roque, director-general of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), signing the MOU (Credit: CLS)

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Joint Synchrotron development set to advance Agricultural Research

Mar 27 2022

In efforts to enhance agricultural research The Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) and The Canadian Light Source (CLS) located at the University Saskatchewan are pooling their technical resources and knowledge capabilities to advance accelerator and machine development.

At an MOU signing Bill Matiko, Chief Operating Officer of the CLS said: “We look forward to this new collaboration with our colleagues in Brazil. Their world-leading expertise in the development of next-generation light sources will contribute enormously to our long-term planning. Together we will advance agricultural innovation in both our countries by expanding the applications of synchrotron technology in agricultural research– from soil and plants to foods and animals.”

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

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

The organisations will also share best practices in maintenance, design and testing state-of-the-art technologies and equipment as well as design and build for next-generation facilities.

“Studies in agriculture are essential to respond to the challenges that the future holds and the use of synchrotron light as a research tool offers great potential in the search for scientific answers in this area,” highlights José Roque, director-general of CNPEM. “The partnership between CNPEM and CLS will be able to foster research in agriculture, as both institutions have extensive experience in cutting-edge research with synchrotron light and may benefit from joint research and information exchange.”

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