October 29, 2021

Developing a Data Science-Based Platform to Support Sustainable Crop Production in The Midst of Climate Change

India is expected to surpass China as the world's most populous country within the next decade.

It is also expected that some 500 million will enter the middle and high income brackets due to the steady increase in the economy. Measures must therefore be taken to meet the drastic increase in food demand.

Approximately 80% of arable land in India is semi-arid, making food production even more susceptible to climate change, drought, and pests/diseases. For example, rice grain yield was reduced by 50 million tons due to drought. This amount is equivalent to 20% of the total annual grain supply in the world.

Crop breeding is an indispensable tool to ensure food security and production stability. Recent advancements in omics and sequencing technologies have made genome-assisted breeding more accessible than ever. This enabled breeders to develop crops with complex and highly desirable traits (e.g. climate resilience, pest/disease tolerance, yield, quality) with precision, and in a much shorter period of time.

ListenField, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, has developed a data science-based farming support platform for sustainable crop production under climatic change.

This project is funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP), a joint research program led by the governments of Japan and India. This collaborative research program aims to enhance the science and technology innovation of leading institutions from Japan and India, in order to solve local and globally shared challenges.

This platform aims to accelerate the plant breeding process by streamlining sophisticated data analysis techniques, such as Genomic Selection and Genome-wide Association Study, effectively increasing the efficiency of decision making. After various information seminars, we are now onboarding scientists and researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (Bombay and Hyderabad), Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), and the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH).

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6099904/

https://www.restec.or.jp/geoss_ap9/_public/20170112/wg5/20170112_wg5_01-9.pdf

https://www.consultancy.asia/news/2144/economic-boom-will-see-500-million-indians-enter-middle-class-within-a-decade

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