Big boost to plant research
To accomplish these objectives, AIPI scientists will coordinate projects that study plant growth, development, and chemistry; plant interactions with insects, fungi and bacteria; and metabolic processes, such as oil production and photosynthesis.
“Plants are some of the most highly complex organisms on the planet,” said Jan Jaworksi, member, Danforth Plant Science Center. “AIPI researchers are dividing up the research into primary areas so that we can generate the most profound and useful discoveries.”
Coordinated deployment of the member institution’s expertise will lead to a deeper understanding of how plants react to the environment and other organisms, and how they acquire and use nutrients, as well as revealing the genetic potential within plants.
“All of these capabilities can be harnessed, in the long term, to develop plants that resist disease, tolerate drought or nutrient-poor soils, produce healthier foods, or provide raw materials for energy,” said Wolf B Frommer, Director of the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science. “With the challenges facing humanity in the next few generations, this research is critical to maintaining a supply of nutritious food, fiber and energ , in a manner that does not degrade the environment.”