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Overview

CROPS’ mission is to accelerate plant science translation through partnerships with stakeholders in the Agrotech ecosystem and support urban farming industries. Leading research targeted to increase urban farming productivity and sustainability, CROPS has two key domains, Plant Biotechnology and Nutraceuticals.

 

The Plant Biotechnology domain focuses on increasing indoor farm productivity, functional plants, early detection and prevention of plant diseases, shelf life extension of agriculture produce, and non-GMO molecular plant breeding.

 

The Nutraceuticals domain applies their expertise in formulation to exploit the benefits of plant-based ingredients.  The team also supports formulation process optimisation for stem cell products, and helps companies with regulatory matters in cosmetics, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, GMP, etc.  

 

CROPS also houses TP’s Horticulture Service Facility that provides orchid plantlet tissue culture services to orchid nursery farms.  It is also the only orchid seedpod germination and plantlet propagation provider for the floriculture industry.

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Research Capabilities

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Plant Biotechnology

 

  • Optimization of plant growth cycle of leafy greens 

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Nutraceuticals 

 

  • Formulation of cosmetics, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals

Consultancy Services

  • Commercial cultivation growth recipes of leafy vegetables and fruit vegetables

  • Species specific customization of LED grow lights for growth recipes

  • Functional plants (nutrition on demand)

  • Good Agricultural Practices for indoor farming, greenhouse farming and container farming

  • Modular plant growing systems – plants on demand for home users

  • Tissue and cell culture techniques to overcome incompatibility barriers, such as wide crosses and embryo rescue
  • Use of genetic bridge intermediates, translocation breeding and advanced pollination procedures
  • In-vitro fertilization followed by generation of seedless varieties, microspore culture for haploidization, interspecific grafting, production of inbred and hybrid lines
  • Use of zinc finger nucleases (ZNF), TALENS, and CRISPRs as mutagenesis agents, cisgenic, and whole chromosome transfers

 

CROPS also conducts contract and collaborative efforts on plant improvement via basic and advanced traditional breeding methods. Here, GMOs are obtained using recombinant DNA techniques and methods for genetic modification (or genetic engineering) that are distinguished from those via traditional breeding.

  • Non Chemical and Non GMO Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

  • Diagnosis of plant pest and diseases – Prediction, Prevention and Protection.

  • Digitalized diagnostic platforms 

  • Technologies to improve the handling systems (especially packaging and cold chain maintenance) of horticultural perishables and assure their quality and safety. 
  • Re-evaluation and assistance with socioeconomic constraints, such as inadequacies of infrastructure, poor marketing systems, and weak R&D capacity
  • Edible formulations and biodegradable technologies for enhancing post-harvest shelf life of agricultural produce.

  • Develop formulations and productization of nutraceutical products.

  • Product testing and process optimisation in the production of stem cells and conditioned media

  • Efficacy testing of stem cells in cosmetics involving following assays:

  • Cell proliferation assays
  • Cell viability assays 
  • Cytotoxic assays
  • Scratch assays
  • 3D Matrigel assays
  • Collagen synthesis

  • Perform statistical process control analysis 

  • Perform internal QMS and GMP audits 

  • Provide process, cleaning and other validations 

  • Provide annual product review reports and GMP documentation

  • Regulatory compliance support

Facilities

  • Plant Molecular and Synthetic Biology Laboratory supported by the plant tissue culture facility for the translation of the molecular experiments.  

  • Soil-based, substrate-based, hydroponics and deep water culture indoor farming facility

  • Outdoor facility to support field trials for outdoor cultivation systems

  • Cleanrooms class 10K and class 100K

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Contact Details

  • Dr Kadamb Patel
  • 67806203
  • 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (Mon to Thu) 8.30 am to 5:30 pm (Fri) Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
  • ASC General Office Address

    Temasek Polytechnic
    School of Applied Science
    East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3
    21 Tampines Avenue 1
    Singapore 529757

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