Plant Science Research Institutions Partner to Better Address Global Challenges

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has announced that is partnering with the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to form the Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes.

The four largest nonprofit plant science research institutions in the United States will join forces to better coordinate research and catalyze scientific discovery. With nearly sixty laboratories and more than four hundred personnel, AIPI members will benefit from their complementary areas of expertise, ranging from the ability to measure individual chemicals and proteins within plants to three-dimensional imaging of plant structures and proteins in living tissue.

Scientists representing AIPI recently identified research objectives in three core areas: the development of plants as sources of renewable energy; the improvement of plants' abilities to provide a range of "ecosystem services" to the planet; and the continued development of sustainable agricultural practices. AIPI will disseminate research outcomes and provide a forum for discussion about agricultural challenges.

"Each of these institutions possesses skilled and dedicated researchers," said David Stern, president of the Boyce Thomson Institute. "Researchers at each institution have had tremendous success. Together, we will be even better. AIPI is a tool to allow our collective resources to respond faster to opportunities in an organized and collaborative manner. We will achieve more. And humanity will be the beneficiary."

"Researchers Collaborate to Address Global Challenges." Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Press Release 11/29/2011.