PIP’s Research Focus
PIP is revolutionizing the production of nutritious foods that can be grown indoors and, ultimately, in any environment.
PIP’s initial projects focus on:
- Adapting lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries for indoor agriculture
- Optimizing plant architecture for controlled environments
- Advancing speed-breeding technology
- Altering chemicals produced in plants that impact flavor, nutrition and medicines
- Developing new technologies to quickly detect specific chemicals without harming the plant
Existing Food Production Systems Must Evolve
The future of food production faces numerous challenges – climate change, shifts in consumer demands and the need for food production in new frontiers. One promising food production approach to these challenges is controlled environment agriculture.
Controlled environments offer unprecedented opportunities to improve nutritional content, flavor and crop quality. Current interest and investment in controlled environment agriculture are largely focused on growing facilities and energy costs. However, realizing the potential of indoor agriculture systems requires developing a broader variety of crops designed for controlled environment agriculture.
PIP leverages private-sector investments to develop crops specifically for indoor agriculture. Our participants collaboratively set ambitious scientific goals and pool resources to fund the research to achieve those goals. We welcome new participants interested in joining us or co-funding individual projects.