BASF has kicked off its fourth annual North American science competition, which focuses on identifying plant stressors early and in real-time. Open to teams consisting of two to four Ph.D. students, postdocs, and young researchers in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), the competition encourages innovative and game-changing ideas.
Plant health is influenced by multiple factors such as drought, insects, and metabolic changes. Rapid sensing of these factors would allow for targeted and timely response for mitigation and, ultimately, improve growers’ ability to produce healthier and more robust crops.
Through the competition, BASF hopes to encourage the development of technologies that address rapid sensing and ideas can focus on any aspect of the challenge. Submissions will be accepted until April 17, 2018, and will be evaluated by BASF experts for their novelty, scientific, and business merit and technical feasibility. Relevance to the challenge statement and value created by the proposed solution are also important judging criteria.
All finalists will be provided BASF coaches to further develop their concepts, and they will have the opportunity to present their ideas to BASF executives July 18-20 at the BASF office in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Each member of the winning team will receive a $1,000 cash award.
“This engaging and competitive event will help BASF address a challenge to improve plant health and growth,” said Christopher Hewitt, BASF Science Relations Manager, North America. “Participants will work collaboratively to develop, communicate, and pitch their ideas while networking with BASF researchers, coaches, and executives.”