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Our Research Platforms
Learn about the three key research areas we’re focusing on as we improve the world through plant science innovation.
The challenges facing agriculture are complex and multifaceted. Solving them requires bold curiosity to ask critical questions from a different perspective and courage to break down academic and research barriers and engage experts across disciplines in the pursuit of innovation.
What does this innovation look like? Increasing yields, creating new varieties, extending growing seasons, enhancing agricultural and environmental sustainability, and producing new and improved technology. What is the goal? Preparing farms to keep pace with a fast-moving future to help ensure a healthier, well-fed world.
We focus our bold, interdisciplinary research on three key areas.
Improving Crop Resilience
NC State plant science researcher Amy Grunden is leading a new $30 million Collaborative Crop Resistance Program. The goal of this interdisciplinary research effort is to help make crops more resilient against environmental stresses while reducing the need for chemical treatments and irrigation.
90+ Crop Varieties in N.C.
We’re helping the state’s already-booming agriculture industry expand to produce even more.
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Oct 12, 2020
Grant Continues Support of Crop DNA Replication Research
A new NSF grant will allow two Plant and Microbial Biology professors to continue their work of 17 years unraveling how plants control DNA replication and how this influences agronomic traits.
Oct 7, 2020
N.C. PSI Names New Platform Directors
The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative named four new platform directors and the interim director of operations. These leaders will guide the initiative’s research, Extension and education activities.