“While conducting research on the strength of corn stalks, getting a good cross-sectional image has been a challenge. I am looking for a specific type of saw to get a better image of the cross-section. I will also be travelling to a plant conference to deliver research findings to plant chemists and biologists.
This research is important to me, because without the sustainability of plants, the world as we know it will not be here in the future. The mass amounts of food loss we have now will devastate the world population if it continues to grow.”
I will learn to conduct the whole research process from recording data to presentation. This will give me experience in developing a way to test the strength of plants and teach me how to write in a scientific setting.
My project overlaps with plant engineering and plant genetics. It does this by finding the mechanical reasons that make plants strong, which will help geneticists determine what aspects of the plants need to be changed.
We’re trying to build a machine to be able to test plant strength in the fields without destroying plants, so we are having to think of and innovate new methods of testing to create a tool from that data.
The entire concept of my project is attempting to fix the loss of corn in the world, which in turn will help with global food issues.
This project is making me think more on a global scale rather than just a local scale. I have to think of more of than just increasing corn production, but also of the research application. There is more food going around, boosting the supply of products that use corn, which makes a global impact.
Grand Challenge Focus Area
The Earth is a planet of finite resources, and its growing population currently consumes them at a rate that cannot be sustained. Economical sources of clean and renewable energy must be found while ways of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels are developed.