The Department of Plant Biology (PLB) is part of the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University, and is one of the top plant sciences programs in the country. The core mission of PLB is to understand all aspects of plant biology by encompassing a broad range of scientific themes from molecular and cellular biology to evolution and ecology.
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The faculty research programs in PLB include plant molecular and cellular biology (the molecular processes that underlie plant growth and signaling), plant pathology (the basis of and responses to plants diseases), quantitative and computational biology (the study of the structure and dynamics of plant genomes), and evolutionary biologists and ecologists (the genetic and physiological adaption of plants & plant communities to their environments). Although PLB research programs focus on basic science, their work has implications for developing sustainable solutions to the challenges posed by the demands for clean energy production, a secure food supply, and the environmental threats posed by climate change.