The RIPE project is led by the University of Illinois at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Illinois was founded in 1868 with a focus on research and teaching in agriculture. Since then, the university has continued to be a pioneer in agricultural research, holding the second oldest-running corn experiment in the world. Established in 2007, the IGB is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in the life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges—including feeding a growing global population.
Australian National University’s College of Medicine, Biology and Environment was established in 1946 as Australia’s only full-time research institution. Since then, it has expanded to include a variety of different disciplines. In it, there are over a dozen research schools and centres that work towards delivering breakthroughs in science, notably in Plant Science. With an emphasis on how plants will respond to global climate change and heightened levels of CO2, both now and in the future, the school is regarded as a leader in the area of study.
The University of Cambridge produces high-quality discovery science that contributes to tackling fundamental challenges in global food security, growing a sustainable bioeconomy, and protecting the environment. Their Department of Plant Sciences is a global leader in this area, training a significant number of plant biologists across all scales of the discipline – from molecular biologists, to biological engineers, to conservationists. Their goal is to drive advances in the understanding of fundamental biology that will have major positive impacts on society.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences-Max Planck Institute is a pilot project, created in 2005, between two organizations that work at the intersection of biology, theory and modeling. With an emphasis on computer-assisted computations and modeling, the Institute aims at simulating complex cellular processes.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) helps shape the future by using science to solve real issues. With more than 5,000 experts based in 55 centers, extensive local and international networks, CSIRO is Australia’s catalyst for innovation and a global force in transforming imagination into reality.
Lancaster University’s research has been rated as world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects. The Lancaster Environment Centre is a community of world-class environmental researchers, high achieving students, government scientists and commercial enterprises working together to address today’s biggest environmental challenges.
Louisiana State University is a land, sea, and space-grant institution and is the State’s flagship university. Its Biological Sciences Department is the largest academic unit on campus, with a strong focus on biochemistry and molecular biology. With a diverse range of research groups to address several different routes in this field, the University is a leader in research at the molecular level.
The University of California Berkeley is the oldest University in California, and oversees the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an institution that conducts research on behalf of the federal government. Located near the major agricultural centers of California, the duo looks to biotechnology to deliver a broadened understanding of plant development and function, as well as a means to engineer improvements.
The University of Essex School of Biological Sciences is one of the University’s largest and most internationally renowned departments. With a range of centers, units and labs, the school places an emphasis on research. In regards to photosynthesis, the school has played a pioneering role in developing chlorophyll fluorescence and imaging technology to monitor photosynthesis in plants, and recently, they have developed a way to monitor water-use efficiency in plants, creating a non-invasive tool for plant scientists to identify variations in photosynthetic abilities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service coordinates and empowers 800 research projects across the country, and the world. Part of the ARS mission is to establish global food security, as it pertains to the sustainable economic growth and long-term prosperity of the U.S.