Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
IGCAST is a new institute at Texas Tech University that will focus on using state of the art functional genomics to study processes involved in the tolerance to different types of abiotic stress (drought, salinity, heat, cold and low nutrient availability) and in the use of synthetic biology for the improvement of crop abiotic stress tolerance.
To develop an internationally competitive research program to contribute to more sustainable agriculture in Texas and nationwide, by generating knowledge and tools necessary to optimize crop production in terms of yield and quality under adverse environmental conditions.
Research focuses on economically important crops that are relevant to the semi-arid environment of the High Plains and other areas with similar agroecological conditions worldwide.
Ten Year Vision:
To be internationally ranked within the top ten institutes of plant genomics with a large production of high impact publications and patents, as well as training new scientists to lead technological development of improved agricultural production in the future.