Plant Science and Technology Research

In the Division of Plant Science and Technology (PST), our researchers drive advancements in conventional, sustainable and alternative production systems.

We offer state-of-the-art research facilities, strategically located on campus and across the state through the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. This expansive network provides a robust foundation for student success and fosters faculty innovation.

Our faculty are known for their expertise in research areas such as:

  • Plant biology
  • Genetics and breeding
  • Plant protection and pest management
  • Plant-insect/pathogen interactions
  • Plant-soil relationships
  • Environmental quality
  • Operation and management systems in production agriculture

Graduate students in our program work alongside world-class faculty.

CAFNR Programs of Distinction

PST faculty are part of CAFNR Programs of Distinction including:

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is a cross-discipline and integrative program that transcends traditional departmental boundaries to foster excellence in plant biology research and education at MU. 

The MU Forage-Livestock Group provides science to sustain Missouri’s livestock industry, while also protecting the state’s natural resources.

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is a preeminent global center in agroforestry research, education and technology transfer.

Collaboration at Mizzou

The collaborative nature of Mizzou strengthens our research. Mizzou is one of only a handful of public institutions nationwide that have a medical schoolveterinary medicine collegelaw school, agriculture college (CAFNR) and engineering college on the same campus along with an interdisciplinary life sciences research center, a precision health research facility and the highest-power university nuclear research reactor.

Research Partnerships