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Main Project Information
Presented By PhotosynQ
Goal Build a global database of plant health
Task Collaborate with real science projects around the world
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

PhotosynQ is a platform allowing people to collaboratively solve difficult research questions, both at the locally and globally, using sensors which connect to your cell phone. The MultispeQ, our first sensor, measures important parameters of photosynthesis in plants and algae in a non-destructive way, quickly and inexpensively. These measurements provide a detailed picture of the health of the plant and are used for plant breeding, agricultural extension services, and plant scientists to improving plant efficiency and to identify novel photosynthetic pathways for energy and crop research.

Anyone can propose a project on the PhotosynQ website (, and anyone else can contribute data, ideas, analysis, and discussion to that project. There are researchers and citizen scientists around the world already running projects through PhotosynQ which you can contribute to. Once you join the platform, find an open project and contact the project lead to join, or design your own project!

How to Join Click the "Request to join" button on this page to instantly notify the project leader of your interest!

Currently finishing beta test. MultispeQ 1.0 devices will be available in Spring 2016, you can pre-order the devices at

Once you have a device, go create a login at Go to the Discover page, and find a project that you are interested in and who is looking for collaborators. Read the directions. You can contact the project lead and ask how you can contribute (data, analysis, etc.).

Project Timing Projects are ongoing
Social Media
Expenses $600
Special Skills Most projects require a MultispeQ device, or other device connected to the PhotosynQ platform. You can find them at
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags botany, chlorophyll, horticulture, photosynthesis, plant science, precision agriculture, spectroscopy
Project Updated 05/30/2017