Researchers at Northwestern University are transforming complicated biotechnology into a simple an easy tool for farmers to test for crop disease with Plant-Dx.
Researchers bring biotech to farmers worldwide with Plant-Dx
In 2018, family farming generated about 80 percent of the earth’s food. As climate change raises global temperatures and prompts extreme weather events, these small-scale operations will face surges in pests and crop disease.
In response, researchers at the Northwestern University Lucks Lab have developed PLANT-Dx, a mobile platform to help farmers test crops quickly and on-the-go. This November, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the Lucks Lab with the Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to further develop PLANT-Dx into an accessible solution for farmers around the world.