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Plant Improvement Platform

NC State has historical expertise in this platform—for 130+ years, we’ve focused on understanding agriculture from the ground-up, from seed to harvest. We have studied and published extensively on the underlying genetics and plant breeding, the soil and root system, water and nutrient delivery, crop protection methods and plant physiology.

We focus on how plants interact in their environment, including soil, climate and biotic and abiotic plant stresses. We investigate plant components and what it takes to grow them. The more we understand how to manipulate the surroundings and genetic make-up of a plant the better we can advance plant science.

Located in a transition zone for various crops, North Carolina is well-suited for this research. We can grow crops in our state that mimic soil and climatic conditions from around the world. Facing diverse agronomic conditions and crop profiles, we continually seek solutions for combating a wide range of issues to yield improvement.


Relevance to Industry, Producers and Consumers

  • Uncover and promotes solutions applying to a multitude of crops
  • Ensure solutions have broad applicability and benefit to many stakeholders

Connectivity Across Platforms

Recent climate and land use changes continue to significantly impact the environment. We need a historical understanding of plant science to collect data and evaluate how we can have resilient agricultural systems now and in the future. Connecting research in resilient agriculture to predictive analytics ensures we study and create new technologies that will improve plants for years to come.

N.C. PSI Task Force Report

This report includes recommendations from agricultural, life sciences and biotechnology, University and external thought leaders tasked to counsel N.C. PSI leadership in developing an organizational model and strategy responsive to initiative goals.

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