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The mission of the Translational Plant Sciences Center is to recruit students and foster their education in the field of plant sciences to prepare them for interdisciplinary positions related to plant research, biotechnology, and agriculture.

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The Translational Plant Sciences Center (TPSC) is a group of laboratories with broad research topics revolving around attaining basic knowledge in the plant sciences, and translation of this knowledge to improve crop production in collaboration with industry leaders. The TPSC program is funded by the Virginia Tech Graduate School (Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program - IGEP program), the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, and individual departments.