Research scientists at North Carolina State University are exploring ways to harness plant fungal symbionts – specifically foliar fungal endophytes – to improve crop resistance to stressors such as drought, pests, and pathogens. Although this project is in an exploratory, basic research phase, the investigators recognized the importance of engaging stakeholders about their perspectives on the potential utility of fungal manipulations on crops.
Support for this project was provided by North Carolina State’s Game-Changing Research Incentive Program for Plant Sciences Initiative (GRIP4PSI).
- Identify appropriate scales to manage the plant microbiome
- Determine how the microbiome affects the plant phenotype, focusing on stress rescue
- Build tools for rapid field detection of microbial taxa and traits
- Understand regulatory environment and engage stakeholders
- Focus of GES affiliated project team members
Resources related to the regulatory and stakeholder research (objective 4) being conducted by FUN-CROPS team members affiliated with the GES Center.
Type: Policy Brief
Type: Review paper
Type: PowerPoint presentation