Dr. Michael Lynch is the Director of Bioinformatics at Metagenom Bio Life Science which is the company behind Healthy Hydroponics. He did his Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science in Plant Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He then completed his PhD in Biology and his postdoc at the University of Waterloo.
This week, I cover the types of data and figures that we generate for growers, what kind of potential pathogens have been seen in a grower’s hydroponic system, and how similar are the microbiomes of samples from four growers. You will get to see a little bit of data from the Healthy Hydroponics!
This week, I am introducing a member of our team! These Behind-The-Scene posts reveal a bit about the people involved with Health Hydroponics.
It’s already been six months since we launched Healthy Hydroponics! Time is going by quickly in the midst of the pandemic. We continue to thank our growers, some of whom we know are operating at reduced personnel capacity.
Our first Pathogen Profile is on Pythium as it is the most common pathogen that our growers have expressed concern about. This does not come as a surprise because Pythium is ubiquitous and known to cause root rot in a variety of greenhouse hydroponic crops.
One way we are helping growers understand the scientific terminology commonly used when discussing microbiome is by creating a glossary of terms.
With the growth of the world population, climate change, global crises, and access to affordable clean energy are challenges to long term food security. We need to have sustainable food systems in place to output fresh, safe, sufficient, and accessible foods on all scales, from local to global. Food security is a societal priority that we must focus on.