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Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable Food Systems

We are transforming plants to be more productive, nutritious, and sustainable to feed the world.

Sustainable food systems research is crucial to increasing food security across the globe. We’re working to make plants more nutritious and sharing that knowledge locally and with international communities to feed their families and a growing population.

Research Areas

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crops
  • Horticulture
  • Urban and Local Food Systems

Current Research

Current research in sustainable food systems examines the entire food production process to identify new strategies to develop food that is more nutritious and productive. Our research spans the entire growing cycle from pre-planting to post-harvest. At a molecular level, we look for specific traits that make fruits, vegetable, and grain crops more nutritious, resistant to diseases, and productive.

Horticulture Plant Breeding

By looking at the genetics controlling the biosynthesis of phytochemicals in vegetables that when consumed by humans, enhance food nutritional quality and reduce the incidence of cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, obesity, and other degenerative diseases. Horticulture plant breeding programs focus on developing cultivars with improved flavor, productivity, health properties, and disease resistance.

Urban Agriculture Design

Researchers are improving the quality of agricultural landscapes through the analysis and design of multifunctional solutions. Our research focuses on urban agriculture and productive agroforestry systems with high potential for integrating a wide range of functions, including food production.

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