Feeding the World
Studying plants to improve crop performance and yield. The global population is growing and current crop yield is not keeping up with this pace of growth.
Today, researchers are very interested in studying and better understanding the photosynthetic process to find ways to make crops more efficient under changing ambient conditions and to improve crop yield. Climate change and increasing ambient CO2 levels have had a major impact on the photosynthetic process in plants. All plants use sunlight, CO2 and water to make photosynthesis.
Researchers of PP Systems are using instrumentation like the CIRAS-3 Portable Photosynthesis System to study how plants photosynthesize under various environmental conditions (CO2, H2O, temperature and light) in-situ. For high level research, it is imperative that researchers can both measure and control CO2 and H2O quickly and accurately. Pyroelectric detectors from InfraTec allow our CIRAS-3 Portable Photosynthesis System to do both. The CIRAS-3 is considered a “true differential” analyser featuring four independent, non-dispersive infrared gas analysers for both CO2 and H2O. This allows researchers to precisely control the reference supply of CO2 and H2O gas concentrations provided to the leaf and measure the sample CO2 and H2O gas concentrations coming from the leaf.