Taking the stress out of growing corn

Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan are investigating how the first frost impacts corn varieties, in the hopes of finding new ways to maximize crop yields.

Heating our homes with leftover canola

After years of meticulous research, Dr. Ajay Dalai’s exploration of canola meal pellets as an eco-friendly alternative to coal and natural gas for both heat and energy is poised to move into its next phases – scaled-up pellet production and commercialization.


Developing a deeper chemical understanding of potash processing.

Battling bad bugs

University of Guelph scientists fight antibiotic resistance by using our synchrotron to study scab disease in potatoes.

Shining a light on the past

Using the Canadian Light Source, Trinity College Dublin researchers have studied long term phosphorus storage and release in environmental systems, information help guide water quality management.

Hummus for Cows?

The savory dish has gained popularity amongst a new fan base: herds of cows. University of Saskatchewan scientists use synchrotron light to identify the best chickpea crops for cattle feed.

Helping to grow more food in Africa

Scientists used the CLS synchrotron to help farmers in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin to grow vegetables less expensively and more sustainably.

Helping crops to withstand drought and climate change

The changing climate brings many environmental challenges for the agricultural sector. In order to mitigate risks to crop yields and food security, we need to better understand the impact of environmental stress on plants.

Baking the perfect loaf

Scientists from the University of Manitoba (UM) used the CLS to analyze the bubbles in dough and help create healthier bread.

Scientists discover why biochar fertilizers work so well

Researchers from Europe used the CLS learn why charcoal works so well in capturing and releasing nutrients into the soil. The findings could lead to the creation of an organic slow release fertilizer that would improve crop yields and agricultural practices.

Preserving genetic diversity

A research for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is working to protect rare livestock breeds by freezing them.

Quinoa reveals secrets at the genetic level

A team of researchers from the University of Guelph and the CLS have used a combination of nanoscale imaging techniques to show both chemical and structural information about individual quinoa chromosomes.