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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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Nov 12, 2019
$10M grant to NC State, USDA-ARS to advance cover crops, transform agriculture
Chris Reberg-Horton, an assistant professor in Crop and Soil Science, will co-lead a five-year, $10 million grant to improve the sustainability and profitability of agriculture by advancing the study and use of cover crops such as rye, clover and radishes.
Nov 8, 2019
New Genetic Engineering Toolset Produces Better-Modified Plants Faster, Easier
NC State profs Anna Stepanova and Jose Alonso share a new set of genetic engineering tools that makes recombineering large plant genes faster and easier in a paper published in the journal Plant Cell. The toolset will improve the precision and reliability of fundamental plant science, which forms the foundation for innovations in pest resistance, yield increases and growing season extensions.