ISU Plant Sciences Institute

Plant Science Research

Director Patrick Schnable outlined PSI’s new research focus and funding model in a presentation entitled, “PSI: A New Model for Success.” View video

Our research focus is to understand the effects of genotype and environment on phenotypes (traits) sufficiently well that we will be able to predict phenotype of a given genotype in a given environment (i.e., predictive phenomics). This goal is one of the key objectives of the Plant Science Decadal Vision report (July 2013, pdf).

PSI will:

  • focus at the intersection of several traditional ISU strengths (plant breeding/crop improvement, crop genetics/genomics, bioinformatics and statistics)
  • forge new collaborations with the College of Engineering 
  • embrace the emerging discipline of “Big Data” – the acquisition, management, analysis and interpretation of large, complex data sets
  • enhance Iowa State University’s international prominence in the plant sciences


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