CROPPS aims to build a research community that unites faculty and trainees from the life sciences, engineering, computer science, and social sciences. Together, we will pursue scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and social, ethical, and policy questions related to plant life. We will also explore the application of CROPPS research to agriculture and to the management of natural environments.
Through research efforts and other initiatives, we will define the transdiscipline of digital biology.
Our vision centers on the development of biological and technological innovations to open efficient, two-way communication between plants and people.
Our goal is to harness this human-plant dialogue into an Internet of Living Things (IoLT).
Our priority is to educate trainees—from undergraduates through postdoctoral researchers—to be innovative thinkers, practitioners, and leaders in this new transdiscipline, whether they ultimately choose academic or non-academic careers.
As we pursue this broad vision, we will engage with diverse sectors of the public to understand their perceptions, questions, and visions for our research agenda. We will use this understanding to shape our vision, priorities, and targets for translation of CROPPS discoveries and innovations.
CROPPS research will foster the emergence of digital biology through interconnected teams organized into four broad research themes: Plant Innovations, Plant Communications, Plant Systems, and Public Engagement.