|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 (www.photosynq.org), 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||
Currently finishing beta test. MultispeQ 1.0 devices will be available in Spring 2016, you can pre-order the devices at www.photosynq.org/buy-multispeq.
Once you have a device, go create a login at www.photosynq.org. 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|
|Special Skills||Most projects require a MultispeQ device, or other device connected to the PhotosynQ platform. You can find them at www.photosynq.org.|
|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|
|Tags||botany, chlorophyll, horticulture, photosynthesis, plant science, precision agriculture, spectroscopy|
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