Purdue University has announced the expansion of joint research projects with Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. as well as the launch of an advanced agriculture project. The university says the new project will help farmers determine which chemicals or fertilizers their crops need.
Sumitomo and Purdue are currently working on projects, including the development of technology that will be used to create a diagnostic platform to analyze chemical substances. The two are also working to create a biomimetic adhesive that can be used in various fields such as electronics and construction.
"This is the beginning of a signature partnership," said Dan Hirleman, chief corporate and global partnerships officer for Purdue. "By combining strengths, we can see research projects through to successful products with the potential to impact our daily lives, from the energy and electronics we use to the medical care we receive to the food we eat."
The new project will see Sumitomo working with Jian Jin, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, to develop image diagnosis technology for plants. The university says the technology could also be used "to better understand plant growth and response to stress and to accelerate the development of materials that contribute to improving the productivity of agriculture."