Affiliated Programs

Interdisciplinary Plant Group

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) seeks to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology, and computer science. Their aim in integrating these disciplines is to stimulate joint research projects that will enhance our understanding of how plants grow and develop in changing environments.

Missouri Soybean Center

The Missouri Soybean Center is a community of scientists, teachers, farmers, advisers and consultants dedicated to increased profitability, enhanced sustainability and expanded use of soybean. Community members come from universities, private companies, government agencies, commodity groups and farms throughout Missouri. Together, we are committed to ensure that soybean remains an economic engine contributing to prosperity for all Missourians.

grapes on the vine

Grape and Wine Institute

The MU Grape and Wine Institute (GWI) conducts research on best winemaking and grape growing practices and how they impact the growth of the wine industry in Missouri and the Midwest. At GWI, faculty research and teaching teams are working on viticulture (grape production) and enology (wine production), involving students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Alliance for Grassland Renewal

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal formed in 2012. Participants include partners from the university, government, industry (including producers, seed companies, testing labs) and nonprofit groups. The goal of the Alliance is to work together in replacing toxic tall fescue grass with a tall fescue that hosts a nontoxic endophyte, sometimes called a “novel” endophyte.

Craig Roberts talking at Regional Grazing School

Missouri Forage & Grassland Council

The Missouri Forage and Grassland Council (MFGC) is a group of forage and livestock producers, researchers, professors, agencies, industry representatives, legislators, and conservationists who share a common goal – speaking for the Missouri forage industry. MFGC provides education through organized tours and pasture walks to demonstrate the different practices employed by various farms and industries. In addition they help sponsor the University of Missouri Regional Grazing Schools.

Missouri Seed Improvement Association

The Missouri Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization providing unbiased, third-party services in the areas of seed certification, quality assurance (QA), identity preserved (IP), source identified and organic inspections. In addition, MCIA operates a full service laboratory providing testing and analysis services for seed & grain products.

MU Center of Agroforestry

Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon, and reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change.

Aerial view of USDA Biological Control of Insects Research facility in Columbia, MO

USDA Biological Control of Insects Research Lab

The mission of the Biological Control of Insects Research Laboratory (BCIRL) is to discover, develop and refine principles and methods to effectively use biological control agents for the management of pest populations of insects and weeds.

USDA Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit

Anticipate needs, develop knowledge, and provide technological solutions to optimize agricultural production systems, at the sub-field to watershed scale, for both economic and environmental sustainability.

USDA Plant Genetics Research Unit

The mission of the Plant Genetics Research Unit at Columbia, MO, is to develop new knowledge that expands our understanding of the fundamental processes controlling increased production, improved quality, and enhanced uses of corn, soybeans, and wheat; and to utilize this knowledge to develop germplasm and crop management schemes that lead to increased farm profitability and sustainability of the nation’s resource base.