Translational Plant Science
The ultimate goal of plant research is to improve the human condition. In many ways, the most significant stumbling block is not the research and discovery process but the ability to translate this science to agriculture and commercial products. Many academic institutions, however, lack the resources for translational science. Carrying out proof of concept experiments and field trials, especially in developing nations, carry great expense and is generally not well-supported by conventional funding agencies. There are also complications with securing proper intellectual property for each potential product. In many developing nations, onerous or undeveloped regulatory mechanisms serve as a major barrier.
Labs conducting research in this area include: