Plant Science & Technology

About Us

Plant Science and Technology (PST) is a division of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri. The Division incorporates two hands-on academic program areas: Plant Sciences and Agricultural Systems Technology. Our renowned faculty leads pioneering research in both applied and basic aspects of plant sciences, influencing national and global landscapes. We study how physical systems including machinery, electrical power, soil and water can be used most effectively in modern agricultural production. We provide leadership for plant, agricultural engineering and insect and microbe-based research, education and extension programs in the College. One of our main goals is to find solutions to real-life problems that threaten the agronomic productivity in Missouri, the U.S. and the world.


Undergraduate Studies

When you earn your degree from the Division of Plant Science and Technology, you’ll be equipped to tackle real-world challenges, whether you’re in the lab or out in the field. You’ll be at the forefront of innovation, transforming the way we grow and manage our food supply.

Graduate Studies

Harness the power of plant life and management to address global challenges. Explore our exceptional graduate programs where you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to make a significant impact in the field and learn from world class faculty.

Minors and Certificates

Unlock new opportunities and enhance your expertise by obtaining a minor or certificate, gaining specialized knowledge that complements your major and sets you apart in the job market.


More than 97%

of graduates report a successful career outcome

$24 million

in annual grant awards

$125 million

added to Missouri economy through extension programs


Researchers in the Division of Plant Science and Technology are internationally recognized. Our research strengths include:

  • Plant biology
  • Genetics and breeding
  • Plant protection and pest management
  • Operation and management systems in production agriculture
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