Plant Health and Production and Plant Products Program Area

The Plant Health and Production and Plant Products (PHPPP) program area of the AFRI Foundational Program was established recognizing that by increasing knowledge of plant systems and the various factors that affect agricultural plant production, we can help U.S. agriculture solve the critical challenges it faces into the mid-21st century. There is need for new products and increased agricultural plant productivity to meet the demands of a growing populations for an abundant supply of safe and nutritious food, clothing, and other products in the face of limiting resources, loss of agricultural land to urban development, and increasing global market competition. Research proposals submitted to this program area must justify the choice of organism or system in terms of its importance to production agriculture. The use of model systems is allowed, but applicants must clearly describe the relevance of model system development to plant production systems and also describe how results obtained from model systems will be transferred to agriculturally-important organisms during the project period.

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The AFRI Plant Health and Production and Plant Products program area addresses the following priorities of the 2014 Farm Bill:

  1. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products — Plant systems (sub priorities i. plant genome structure and function; ii. molecular and cellular genetics and plant biotechnology; iii. conventional breeding, including cultivar and breed development, selection theory, applied quantitative genetics, breeding for improved food quality, breeding for improved local adaptation to biotic stress and abiotic stress; iv. plant pest interactions and bio control systems; v. crop plant response to environmental stresses; and vi. [improved] nutrient qualities of plant products);
  2. Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment — Natural resources and the environment (sub priorities i. fundamental structures and functions of ecosystems; ii. biological and physical bases of sustainable production systems; iv. global climate effects on agriculture; v. forestry; and vi. biological diversity); and
  3. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities — Markets, trade and policy (sub priority iv. choices and applications of technology).

In response to comments from stakeholders and to allow holistic projects on critical problems in plant production systems, a few changes have been made in the organization of the Plant Health and Production and Plant Products program area in FY 2017. Two program area priorities offered in FY 2015 (Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes; and Weedy and Invasive Species) have been combined in a single program area priority in FY 2016 and 2017 titled, "Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems." Two other program area priorities offered in FY 2015 (Growth and Development, Composition and Stress Tolerance; and Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants) have been combined in a single program area priority in FY 2016 and 2017 titled, "Physiology of Agricultural Plants." In FY 2017, a new program area priority was added titled, "Pollinator Health: Research and Application."  Lastly, another program area priority offered in FY 2015 (Plant-Associated Microbes and Plant-Microbe Interactions) is being offered in FY 2016 and 2017 as a joint program with the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled, "NSF-NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions."

In FY 2017, the Plant Health and Production and Plant Products program area of the AFRI Foundational Program is soliciting Research Project applications for Standard, Conference and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grant types relevant to the five program area priorities described below. In addition, AFRI invites Research Project applications for Standard and FASE (Strengthening Standard and New Investigator) Grant types that address Commodity Board priorities that align with one of the program area priorities listed below:

  • Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems
  • Pest and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems
  • Physiology of Agricultural Plants
  • Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production
  • Pollinator Health: Research and Application


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