Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Mission Statement. Colorado State University's plant biotechnology program, working through multi-disciplinary teams and in collaboration with public and private entities, will use advances in molecular biology to improve crops, agro-ecosystems, and value-added processes to increase economic returns to Colorado and inter-mountain agribusinesses and to reduce impacts harmful to the environment.

Program. The focus of the program is to utilize the tools and techniques of plant biotechnology to enhance sustainable and profitable agricultural production systems. The goals of the program are:

to foster interdisciplinary research in plant biotechnology,

to encourage technology transfer between basic and applied scientists at Colorado State University,

to encourage technology transfer between scientists and industry,

to facilitate transfer of appropriate technologies to production agriculture and

to provide training and education in plant biotechnology for students and faculty.

The primary research thrust of the program is on improving resistance or tolerance of economically important plants to stress resulting from pests, predation, drought, salinity, heat, frost, or other environmental factors. Expertise currently is focused on plant improvement, biological control, interdisciplinary and genomic research.


The Plant Biotechnology Program at Colorado State University involves approximately 25 faculty from six departments and three colleges. The Program has fostered inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary collaboration primarily through joint grant proposals, an invited scientist seminar series in collaboration with the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, an annual Plant Biotechnology Symposium, and the Thornton/Massa distinguished lectures. Faculty, students, and industry scientists from several educational institutions in Colorado and Wyoming participate in these programs. Participants also plan and implement outreach programs including a public information web page on genetically modified organisms, several commodity-based organizations, and public agencies in Colorado. Faculty also present numerous interdepartmental lectures in various classes and share laboratory equipment and a containment greenhouse facility. Short descriptions of research programs by individual faculty can be accessed by clicking on the faculty photos.

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