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The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative is the global home for plant science innovation.

Improvement Through Innovation

A rapidly growing population. Less farmland. Climate and water shifts. Emerging crop diseases and pests. The complex challenges of agriculture don’t fit into particular academic or research silos. Through the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI), we break down barriers to solving these and other grand challenges.

We are bringing together the brightest minds in academia, government and industry to drive vital research and innovation that increases crop yields, creates new varieties, extends growing seasons, enhances agricultural and environmental sustainability, and produces new and improved technology.

Our mission is to improve the world through plant science innovation. Our vision is to be the world’s premier plant sciences enterprise accelerating discovery, talent development and applied solutions that solve agricultural challenges through interdisciplinary, team-based science.

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Doing Plant Science Differently

Meeting today’s agricultural challenges requires distinctive advantages like powerful teams, strong partnerships, strategic technology and physical resources.

We are redefining team science, recognizing the value that talented professionals — whether they’re economists or engineers, marketers or meteorologists — can bring to plant science problems. Our location, at one of the nation’s major research universities and in the heart of the state’s booming Research Triangle Park, means a wealth of these valuable human resources surround us. So do opportunities to build partnerships that benefit everyone.

Drawing on this expertise helps us harness the power of data and technology in teaching, research and application. Then, we use these data to put our research into action, helping farmers and industry partners make real-time, informed decisions that lead to practical results.

The NC State University Plant Sciences Building will be the place where creative collisions happen. Scheduled to be completed in 2021, the state-of-the-art research building in the heart of NC State’s Centennial Campus will feature high-tech labs and inviting spaces for collaboration and education.