Building Team Chemistry: The Bigger Picture Behind Cows & Climate
Animal Biology Graduate Student, UC Davis
Year Awarded 2023
FFAR award amount $1,800,000
Total award amount $1,800,000
Location Columbus, OH
Matching Funders PIP Consortium: AeroFarms, BASF, FFAR, Fluence, GreenVenus and Priva.
“Strawberries have a range of flavors that exist in nature, but that are not readily available to consumers through current production methods,” said FFAR Scientific Program Director Dr. John Reich, director of PIP. “By using controlled environment agriculture, we can better understand the genetic and environmental characteristics that influence flavor.”
Food production continues to face ongoing challenges including climate change impacts and limited resources. In response to a changing environment, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) offers a strategy to design optimal growing conditions to enhance desirable crop traits and to minimize use of water or other inputs. Currently, CEA focuses on leafy greens and herbs, as these crops are well-suited for indoor growing environments. Yet CEA has the potential to provide a broad variety of flavorful, nutritious crops.
This research uses CEA to determine strawberry varieties that can be grown indoors and develop varieties that will yield premium, novel flavors.
The development of strawberry varieties for indoor farming holds tremendous promise for the future of agriculture. This project is an unprecedented deep dive into the molecular underpinnings of strawberry flavor. Our multidisciplinary team of Ohio State and USDA researchers will discover ways to select and grow strawberries with superior flavor, completely indoors, providing a giant leap forward for the indoor farming industry.Dr. Devin Peterson
Founding Director of the Flavor Research and Education Center and Director of the Foods for Health Research Initiative at The Ohio State University
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