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Five NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences researchers examine a small dogwood plant in a pot in a laboratory setting.

Organisms That Sustain the Earth

Plants and microbes are more than fascinating. They are indispensable to the health and well-being of our planet.

Leaders in Our Field

Plants and microbes are the foundation of life. Advancing discoveries in plant research is essential to civilization, and that’s exactly what we do.

Our undergraduate and graduate students participate in research projects across an array of plant and microbiology disciplines — everything from biotechnology and cell biology to ecology and systematics. Students learn from experts who specialize not only in agriculturally important crops, but also those found in natural ecosystems, and model plants and microorganisms.

Learn more about the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

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