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Plant Adaptation

The Institute for Plant Adaptation is a new initiative under development at Colorado State University, aligning the best academic plant science with industry priorities in a positive feedback loop. The collective experience of our scientists spans traits such as drought adaptation, carbon sequestration, nitrogen use efficiency, vitamin biofortification, food quality, and pest and disease resistance. 

We improve plant adaptation to meet society’s need for more productive, sustainable, and resilient agriculture. 



We have recruited a core set of founding faculty members across Colleges and Departments, each of whom will lead an IPA initiative that plays to their core strengths.


We have initiated engagement with key stakeholders in Industry that can both provide critical feedback on the IPA mission and deliverables and serve as strategic collaborators.

Program Development

We are taking initial steps to develop a graduate program by pursuing a cluster hire for new faculty positions that can help create innovative curriculum.


  • Our work increases profitability for growers, spurs economic development of rural communities, and improves sustainability and health in the rural environment.
  • Rapidly testing the adaptive value of new traits and genetics allows farmers in Colorado, the US and the developing world to take advantage of new varieties that have higher nutritional value, greater ROI per hectare and can be produced more sustainably.