Mission and Impact
To advance and communicate scientific discovery in plant biology to improve agriculture,
protect the environment, and enhance human health.
Rigorous in our inquiry, open-minded in our problem solving.
Our journey and our destination.
We are bold thinkers. Responsive to the world around us, we stand by our work and do what’s right.
Seeking sustainable solutions with the power to transform, we’re driving discoveries that nourish both people and planet.
Shared effort is ingrained in how we work, strengthened by diverse perspectives and fostered through equity and mentorship.
Relationships and results, built honestly and enriched through trust, hold us accountable for our impacts.
Researchers at BTI are unlocking valuable secrets hidden in basic plant functions that could reduce the negative ecological effects of agricultural practices. Currently, expensive and environmentally harmful petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides continue to be a major issue in modern agriculture, but these researchers may help reduce their use.
As the earth faces greater pressures due to climate change, fostering sustainable practices that support ecosystems able to withstand these changes is increasingly crucial. Reducing our reliance on petrochemicals and transitioning to more environmentally-friendly replacements is a key effort in this mission. At BTI, researchers are working on solutions that will help us do just that.
At the Boyce Thompson Institute, many of our scientists focus on research that directly relates to human health.