Translational Plant Sciences Center
Welcome to the Translational Plant Sciences Center at Virginia Tech! The Translational Plant Sciences Center (TPSC) is a community of researchers committed to advancing basic knowledge in the plant sciences and translating this knowledge into improved crop production. Supported by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, the center provides unique career growth opportunities for affiliate faculty, graduate students, postdocs, undergraduate students, and alumni.
Our research is diverse, with locations that range from the atmosphere to the rhizosphere, at scales that range from cellular networks to ecosystems. What unites us is a sense of urgency that new tools are needed to ensure that global needs for food, feed and fiber will be met in an ecologically sustainable manner.
We believe that basic molecular research is an important component of this imperative, as are projects that translate new knowledge into practical solutions for sustainable agriculture. Such research requires interdisciplinary collaboration, and much of our research takes place in teams within and beyond Virginia Tech. We are also committed to training students for diverse career opportunities in academia, industry, agriculture, and government. These commonalities underpin a remarkably strong, cohesive community that spans six departments and three colleges.
Article ItemNew Destination Area 2.0 grants fund four interdisciplinary research projects , article
As Destination Areas transform, the focus shifts to investing in societally significant projects, including work on pandemic prevention, invasive species, public interest technology, and human systems integration in health care.
Article ItemM.A. Saghai Maroof named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science , article
Maroof, a professor in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, has made fundamental contributions to plant genetics.
Article ItemVirginia Tech launches Translational Plant Sciences Center , article
There is a pressing need for research to promote safe, sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber. To meet this need, Virginia Tech has created the Translational Plant Sciences Center, which will focus on the development and translation of basic plant research discoveries into technologies and practices that improve agriculture.
Catalyzing leading-edge research in plant science