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The mission of the Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) is to enhance plant resilience to environmental challenges including extremes in weather and to become a “Center of Excellence” for foundational and translational plant research aimed at stabilizing the productivity and quality of food and energy crops against climate fluctuations and uncertainties.


Climate instability threatens agricultural productivity. Stabilizing crop production will require the development of crops that are more resistant to abiotic and biotic stresses including drought, high temperature, flooding, disease (bacterial, fungal, viral) and insect pests.


The PRI includes faculty, postdocs, students, and staff from diverse career stages and disciplines (biochemistry, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, and pathology), with expertise in both model and crop species, drought and heat adaptation, plant-microbe and plant-insect interactions, microbial ecology, and genomics.


Plants In Beakers

PRI Is Hiring: Executive Secretary II

The Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University is looking for an Executive Secretary II who will support the PRI Director and Associate Director to manage the planning and administrative operation of the institute.

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Trainees at the PRI Retreat

PRI Is Hiring: Faculty Positions Open Now

The Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University has openings for multiple new faculty positions at a tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level from individuals using innovative laboratory, computational, or field experimental approaches to study plant responses to the environment.

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Leah Johnson, Ian Major and Gregg Howe in 2019

Plants’ secret to surviving shorter days

New research from MSU shows how plants have adapted to deal with losing daylight.

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