(From left to right: David Lowry, Gregg Howe, Thomas Sharkey, Ashley Shade, Robin Buell, Michael Thomashow, Sheng Yang He and Brad Day.)
The Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) uses basic research to pinpoint the biological mechanisms that stimulate plant resilience — the ability to adapt to stress caused by pressures from the climate and the environment, among others. Gaining this understanding will be crucial to increasing crop yields. The objective of the PRI is to be flexible and responsive to emerging issues facing agriculture. Researchers have identified three areas of emphasis:
Funding for the PRI is currently provided by MSU AgBioResearch, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Natural Science and the MSU Global Impact Initiative. Researchers aim to turn the initial seed support into external grants once projects have made progress.