New bioscience technologies are linked to extraordinary advances in computing, and include methods to analyse and describe living systems at many different levels. Recent advances in mass spectrometry enable many thousands of different molecules in a cell to be described in one cycle of analysis, where previously only one molecule could be understood at a time. Meanwhile, a genome can be sequenced within a day.
These innovations mean that we can identify the features of crop yield, water stress and disease resistance as never before.
The aim is to develop outreach and translation activities, so that advances in crop production and protection can be disseminated using novel web-based IT approaches, for both smallholder and large-scale agricultural production and marketing systems.