CROPPS is a transdisciplinary team of biologists, computer scientists, engineers, social scientists, and other researchers. We are dedicated to deepening and broadening our understanding of plants by opening new dialogues with plant systems through the transdiscipline of digital biology. We are committed to making that understanding available to diverse audiences: teachers seeking to convey biological information; students curious about the lives of plants; farmers and consumers interested in emerging concepts and pending opportunities leading toward a future of more sustainable, resilient, and nutritious crops; and many others.
We reach out to our audiences through a three-pronged approach that allows us to connect with stakeholders and the public in a variety of ways. This includes interconnected programming in foundational, experiential, and team learning, as well as the sharing of our knowledge and discoveries with external colleagues, industrial partners, government officials, potential end-users, and other members of the public. In addition, we offer a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, where undergraduates learn about and take part in our research over a 10-week period in the summer.