To advance controlled environment agriculture science, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) consortium seeks research applications focused on understanding the genetic and biochemical elements responsible for premium strawberry flavors, in addition to the environmental control of these elements.
This funding opportunity aims to build on existing strawberry research, including flavor research, increasing scientific understanding of premium flavors in strawberries, and how flavorful strawberries can impact the controlled environment agriculture sector. Premium flavors, in this context, are novel flavors with potential commercial value that are largely absent in modern commercial varieties, not the enhancement of existing flavor varieties.
Eligible projects must identify genetic elements responsible for premium flavors, the chemical constituents responsible for those flavors, and environmental inputs that lead to the growing premium-flavored strawberries in controlled environment production systems.
PIP is accepting pre-applications until November 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Approved pre-applications will receive an invitation on January 4, 2022, to submit a full application.
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR)