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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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Feb 9, 2021
PSI Profile: Chris Reberg-Horton, Platform Director for Resilient Agricultural Systems
The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative’s platform director for resilient agricultural systems shares thoughts on the position, the initiative, agriculture and NC State.
Feb 8, 2021
PSI Profile: Ross Sozzani, Platform Director for Plant Improvement
The plant improvement platform director for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative shares her vision: collaboration, innovative crop technologies and students ready for the workforce.