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Bayer Crop Science: Grants4Ag Challenge - space biology exploration at Biosphere 2

Opportunity for

  • Academic researchers and industrial experts who are interested in conducting fundamental plant science research in the ultra-controlled environment of the SAM at Biosphere2 facility at the University of Arizona.

Opportunity description

Industry challange:

We are seeking proposals to conduct fundamental plant science research in the ultra-controlled environment of the SAM at Biosphere2 facility at the University of Arizona. Awardees will develop a more detailed experiment plan with the SAM team.

Solutions of interest include:

  • Plant physiology and genetics related to resiliency under extreme conditions (e.g. light intensity, circadian rhythms, temperature, CO2)
  • The effect of volatile organic compounds on plant growth and development
  • Plant processes to transform regolith into soil (e.g. root exudates or root-microbe interactions)
  • Development of new phenotyping tools for an ultra-controlled environment system for the main topics (plant resiliency, VOCs, soil transformation)

Our must-have requirements are:

  • Proposals will outline experiments to be conducted at the University of Arizona SAM facility.

Current opportunity

How do we grow more food with less? Less land, less water, and less inputs all under the stressful conditions of a changing climate. So many innovations, both applied and fundamental, have come from research into space and space exploration and maybe the solutions to the challenges facing agriculture will come from beyond our terrestrial home. Bayer Crop Science is excited to partner with the University of Arizona’s Space Analog for the Moon and Mars (SAM) at Biosphere 2 to push the boundaries of agriculture research in the controlled environment.

What we can offer you:

  • Expertise Each award recipient will be partnered with a Bayer scientist who will provide guidance and feedback on the project.
  • Funding The funding will be available to be used towards research costs at the SAM @Biosphere2 habitat research facility at University of Arizona (in the form of a facility credit). Funding is proposal-dependent and typically ranges from $10,000 to $20,000. Researchers are responsible for their own travel costs (and experiment costs that exceed the facility credit).

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Other potential applications

Space Analog for the Moon and Mars (SAM) is a hermetically sealed habitat located at the renowned University of Arizona Biosphere 2. SAM provides a unique, powerful environment in which to conduct a multitude of studies including mechanical and plant-based life support, plant biology and food cultivar research, and human-in-the-loop microbiome studies.

SAM integrates the Biosphere 2 prototype Test Module greenhouse (TM) with an adjacent crew quarters with workshop, kitchen, common area, and private sleeping accommodations. The TM provides hydroponic and soil-based grow environments, controlled lighting, humidity, heating and cooling. A mechanical CO2 scrubber and bioregenerative life support system work in concert to provide clean air and water.

For more information about this opportunity please submit an enquiry by clicking "enquire now". You can also read more about this opportunity and Bayer here.

Opportunity type

Innovation challenge

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31 July 2022
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Readiness

Early (TRL 1-4)
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    Global

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    Corporate

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