Welcome to the PIP-CAP website, a cutting-edge project funded by USDA-NIFA through the SCRI-CAP initiative from 2021-2025. Our vision is to revolutionize strawberry propagation in the US by harnessing Controlled Environment Technology, with a mission dedicated to creating indoor propagation protocols for various strawberry cultivars. Join us on this journey to diversify and enhance the methods of strawberry propagation.

*SCRI-CAP = Specialty Crop Research Initiative – Coordinated Agricultural Project

In the News

  • Controlled Environment Produced Plantlets from Cornell
    Over the past summer, graduate student Ava Forystek and Dr. Courtney Weber at Cornell University’s Agritech Campus ran a field trial to evaluate the phenotypic differences between bare root field propagated strawberry plantlets and controlled environment (CE) produced plug plants.
  • Phytotron: Photoperiod Research
    The farm gate value of the strawberry industry in the United States reached $2.3 billion in 2020.
  • Phytotron: CO2 Trial
    At North Carolina State University, you will find a building called Phytotron, full of large, controlled environment plant growth chambers.

University and Industry Partners

Cottle Farms
Lassen Canyon Nursery
Fresh Forward Breeding & Marketing
Driscolls Nursery
Dutch Garden Center
Plant Sciences
OG Plenty
Lewis Nursery and Farm
Westech Ag

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This work is supported by Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), Grant no. 2021-51181-35857, Project accession no. 1027418,  sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Please use this link for more information