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Use the links to learn about the many ways in which SIPS researchers are addressing these challenges

Foundational Knowledge

  • Plants as model systems
  • Systematics and biodiversity
  • Soil properties and impact on plant productivity
  • Plant-associated microbes

Food Security

  • Improved crop systems
  • Management of pests and biotic interactions
  • Leveraging genetic diversity for plant improvement

Environmental Conservation

  • Sustainable agroecosystems
  • Enhanced soil health
  • Adaptation to climate change

Health and Well-being

  • Natural products for human health
  • Enhanced culinary enjoyment
  • Green landscape management

Research by Crop

A substantial number of SIPS faculty and senior researchers concentrate their activities on specific crop plants.  Research activities related to specific crops are highlighted on the Research by Crop page. Major crops listed include:

Organic Agriculture Research and Education

Providing materials and resources for organic producers is an increasingly important part of the SIPS mission as market share for organic products continues to expand.  Areas receiving attention include breeding for disease resistance, optimizing strategies for disease prediction, suppression and management using organic methods, and communication of research findings to students and stakeholders.