Research and Innovation

Feed the world. Protect the planet.

Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary solutions. For 150 years, the daring innovations of our graduates have shaped the world we know today. Now, we carry on that daring spirit, using cutting-edge technology and scientific advances to envision a better tomorrow.

Focused on identifying and addressing future challenges, students and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are mastering research in five areas of unique strength:

  • Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation;
  • Human dimensions of food, agriculture and natural resources;
  • Sustainable food systems, landscapes and ecosystems;
  • Genetics and genomics for plant, animal and ecosystem improvement; and
  • One Health intersections among animal, plant, human and ecosystem health.

Explore the exciting research we’re leading and the entrepreneurial ecosystem we’re building.

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In an age of technology and innovation, the future has never looked more exciting.

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Latest CANR Research News
  • Banner of research images showing water testing, maize and baby chicks

    Virtual research

    November 02, 2020 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    For the first time, the best and brightest students and post-docs presented their work to a live Zoom audience at the 2020 edition of the CANR Research Symposium.
  • Milk is trending

    November 13, 2020 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Americans are drinking less milk, but dairy consumption is at an all-time high. Make sense? It does when you break it down by type of dairy product.
  • Tough recruits

    November 12, 2020 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    The unyielding demand of farm work makes research recruitment a challenge. Many experimental economics studies take place online and by phone — both a hard sell.

Faculty expert spotlights

Professor Angelia Seyfferth takes a lab sample.
Angelia Seyfferth
Townsend Hall

Seyfferth focuses on understanding the soil biogeochemical processes that dictate contaminant and nutrient cycling and uptake by plants.
Ryan Arsenault holds up test sample to show graduate student
Ryan Arsenault
Townsend Hall

Arsenault investigates animal biology from a kinome perspective, gut health and immunometabolism and disease pathogenesis.

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