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 Center for Regenerative Agriculture catalyzes resilient and equitable food and agricultural systems that improve the health, vitality and prosperity of farmers and their communities.

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