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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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Sep 3, 2021
Redpath Unlocks Doors to Faster Blueberry Breeding
In her doctoral research, Lauren Redpath searches for genetic keys for better blueberries. At the same time, she’s using skills she’s learned at NC State to kickstart her plant improvement career.
Aug 11, 2021
New Genomics Facility to Elevate NC State’s Plant Science Research
The global plant science community will soon have a new focal point for plant genetics and genomics research: the NC State University Plant Sciences Building. Learn how its new satellite Genomic Sciences Lab will help elevate our science.