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ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss: System Informatics and Analysis | Video

The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss was founded in 2011 in response to the increasing amounts of oilseeds and grains lost each year in food chains around the world. In 2012, the institute invested $2.1 million in seven research projects focused on efforts to reduce postharvest loss. The institute has prepared short interview videos with lead researchers for each of these projects to explain why research should be conducted in this area, current challenges, and what success would look like for their projects. You can learn more at the ADM Institute's website.

These seven research projects have been grouped into four categories based on the theme of the research. Last week we posted about the first category, Measurement and Development Technology. This week the focus is on the category of Systems Informatics and Analysis.

Systems Informatics and Analysis focuses on creating modes by which to communicate information on postharvest loss through databases, informatics platforms, and models for researchers in this field. By providing a foundation and tools for analysis and data collection, researchers can facilitate the process of their studies and the dissemination of valuable information.  

The following video is an interview with the principal investigator of a key project in this category.

Concurrent Science, Engineering, and Technology for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss

Dr. Luis F. Rodríguez discusses the importance of studying supply logistics in India and Brazil, food security, and how to achieve success in the next two years as the research project progresses. Luis highlights the importance of having a network within the country of study to make connections, and verify and validate research, as well as the necessity of finding collaborators from different types of organizations. He also discusses the importance of continuing to find funding from other entities in order to expand the opportunities for research.

Biography

Dr. Luis F. Rodríguez completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Rutgers University in the areas of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Bioresource Engineering, Rodríguez was awarded a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at NASA Johnson Space Center considering the viability of life support systems targeted for Martian exploration. Later, he became a research scientist at the Universities Space Research Association in Houston, TX.  Rodríguez is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois.  (Full biography can be found here)