Welcome to CROPPS, the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems. Our mission is to develop groundbreaking tools to listen and talk to plants and the associated organisms that make up their microbiomes. We will invent technologies that enable scientific discoveries about plant biology, and create a transformative framework—the Internet of Living Things (IoLT)—that will revolutionize crop performance in the field, with long-term impacts on sustainability, productivity, and profitability.
CROPPS will generate foundational discoveries through interactive, experimental designs and prototype translational solutions for improved crop performance. Our approach, coupled with the IoLT framework, defines a new transdiscipline—digital biology—with powerful, broad implications for plant science, agriculture, and other domains of the life sciences. At the same time, our dedication to ethical, inclusive science and food systems means that we welcome and actively support students and young professionals from underrepresented minority communities to participate in and contribute to our mission.
With science, innovation, and inclusivity as our foundation, CROPPS is poised to provide powerful solutions and transdisciplinary breakthroughs to ensure a healthy future for our planet and its inhabitants.