The mission of the Institute is to develop plant biotechnology, genomics, and related life science technologies and to foster technology utilization and crop improvement through multidisciplinary research activities on model plant systems, field, forest, and horticultural crops.
Institute research topics include fungal-plant interactions, programmed cell death, signal transduction, genetic manipulation of various crops, gene discovery, bioseparations, bioprocess design and simulation, nutrition improvement, environmental stress tolerance, insect-plant interactions, plant immune response, bioenergy, and bioinformatics. The Institute provides student and postdoctoral trainees opportunities for productive collaborations in a good environment in which to conduct research.
The Institute for Plant Genomics & Biotechnology is a multi-unit, multi-disciplinary organization with participating faculty, students, and scientists from fourteen units affiliated with Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and the USDA-ARS. The Borlaug Center provides the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology with a base of operations including specialized research laboratories, infrastructure, and equipment for the plant science community at Texas A&M University.
The Borlaug Center is located on West Campus south of the Horticulture building. See the campus map for Bldg 1513.