Interdisciplinary Innovation

OSU's research includes a diverse and comprehensive team of collaborative leaders in critical disciplines that touch hemp. The Global Hemp Innovation Center serves as a research hub connecting faculty and researchers engaged in plant research, food innovation, pharmacy, public health, public policy, business and engineering. 

Oregon State has an opportunity to provide long-term, comprehensive market access and profitability for our farms by providing alternatives for biomass and other varietals of hemp, including grain, fiber, and other expected uses. 

Research is already taking place at 10 experiment stations across the state and collaboration with OSU's Extension Service will make hemp research further available to Oregonians interested in the development of hemp crops and markets. This unique interdisciplinary approach allows the University to explore multiple areas of research for this emerging field of study at the same time, with complementary disciplines uncovering potential new discoveries in hemp production, textile and construction materials, essential oils, and foods.

OSU Hemp Faculty Research Liaisons


Jane Ishmael
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
GHIC Liaison for Biomedical and Veterinary Research
Member and Advisor to the OSU Research Office Cannabis Working Group
Compliance liaison for cannabis research involving human subjects, animal subjects and Environmental Health & Safety
Member of Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Chris Ringo
Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Crop & Soil Science
Data Systems Analyst

Research Consortia

With more than fifty OSU faculty engaged with the Global Hemp Innovation Center (GHIC). We have begun to organize and leverage this campus-wide expertise to develop private-public research partnerships that are structured around the wide range of industries interested in hemp. The GHIC research consortia are faculty-led and organized around 12 industry sectors. A GHIC faculty advisory committee has been formed that is composed of the leaders of each of the industry sector consortia. The leaders are recruiting faculty members and developing inventories of research interests and institutional capacities that can be offered to industry. By leveraging their and the center’s industry contacts, private-public partnerships are forming, and together the faculty and industry members will come up with shared research goals that will guide research and development priorities. Industry consortia members will be able to gain access to the GHIC global partner network. A tiered membership structure has been established with the Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) through which memberships and gifts can be received. The OSU Foundation is assisting with engagement and development efforts with alumni and industry partners.

  1. Agriculture Production
  2. Animal Health & Nutrition
  3. Business & Marketing
  4. Cannabis Lab Standards & Certification
  5. Digital Architecture & Construction
  6. Digital Hemp (Block Chain)
  7. Food & Beverages
  8. Pharmacy-Cosmetics & Dermatology
  9. Pharmacy-Medicines & Nutraceuticals
  10. Plant Breeding & Genetics
  11. Post-Harvest Extraction & Refinement
  12. Textiles

Agriculture Production

This consortium includes faculty members from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, University of Kentucky and European and Asian institutional research partners. The group’s overall objective is to conduct research to improve our understanding of how agronomic and cultural practices affect hemp production. Potential hemp research includes topics such as:

  • Open field vs greenhouse methods
  • Planting dates, seeding depths, spacing, etc.
  • Organic and conventional seed treatments, weed control, soil fertility
  • Crop substitution and rotations
  • Integrated pest management
  • Harvest and post-harvest processes and technologies as related to end-products
  • Multiple locations and cooperating institutions (public and private) worldwide
  • Multiple disciplines with coordinated goals
  • Hemp | OSU Extension Service

Current Research Projects

Nationwide Essential Oil Hemp: OSU Faculty-Richard Roseburg and 17 land grant universities across the US

Determine the optimal adaptation of hemp essential oil variety types and genetics across U.S. farm resource regions. OSU with partner universities will develop a nation-wide uniform essential oil hemp (EOH) variety testing network to determine how diverse environmental conditions interact with hemp genetics. Phenology development will be monitored, and plant parts sampled to develop methods for meeting regulatory cannabinoid compliance. Data will be used to determine optimal environments to produce EOH and minimize the unintended economic consequences of growing hemp.

Western Water Use Irrigation Project: OSU Faculty-Dari Biswanath, Scott Lukas, UC Davis Faculty

Determine hemp crop water use across diverse production regions. Determine the optimal EOH water replacement strategies at two sites in California and three in Oregon representing production environments in five states. Hemp evapotranspiration will be determined in varying environments. This research will develop the data needed to determine how to grow hemp in ways that complement high-value irrigated crops grown in the western U.S.

Statewide Hemp Trials: OSU Faculty-Scott Lukas, Lloyd Nackley

Taking in field growth measures of ten full-season hemp varieties. Faculty are managing the trial according to regional grower standards under center pivot irrigation.

High Density Hemp Trials: OSU Faculty-Richard Roseberg, Ekaterina Jeliazkova, Valtcho Jeliazkov

Measure how hemp’s growth, essential oil production, and other factors are affected by density planting. Two varieties are seeded and then thinned to make four densities in a randomized complete block design.

Measurement of Plant Stand, Male and Female Biomass, Yield, Tissue Partitioning, Nutrient Uptake and Nutrient Partitioning in Grain Hemp: OSU Faculty-Donald Wysocki

Representative plots from a field of grain hemp near Dixie, Washington were harvested for yield, biomass, male/female ratio and nutrient uptake. The information will provide the basis to make reliable nutrient recommendations for the first tie on data measured in the Pacific Northwest.

Seed Storage Study of Hemp: OSU Faculty-Sabry Elias, Scott Lukas

The objectives of the study are to evaluate the effect of different environmental conditions on seed quality of hemp varieties stored for various periods of time; establish suitable monitoring tests to assess the magnitude of deterioration over time (if any); and determine the optimal storage conditions for hemp. The study is a part of fulfillment of M.S. requirements of a graduate student in the seed science and technology program.

Faculty

Richard Roseberg

Director, (SOREC)
Faculty leader of the Agriculture Production Research Consortium

Biswanath Dari

Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Science (KBREC)

Amy Garrett

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Horticulture, Extension Service-Small Farms Program

Valtcho Jeliazkov

Associate Professor
Crop & Soil Science

 

Ekaterina Jeliazkova

Faculty Research Assistant, (COAREC)

Gordon Jones

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Crop & Soil Science (SOREC)

Lloyd Nackley

Assistant Professor
Horticulture (NWREC)

Cynthia Ocamb

Associate Professor
Botany & Plant Pathology

Ruijun, Qin

Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Science (HAREC)

Stuart Reitz

Director
Malheur Experiment Station

Elizabeth Verhoeven

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Crop & Soil Science

Guojie Wang

Assistant Professor
Crop & Soil Science (EOARC Union)

Don Wysocki

Associate Professor 
Crop & Soil Science (CBARC)

Animal Health & Nutrition

This consortium includes faculty members from Animal and Rangeland Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The group’s overall objective is to determine the feasibility of using hemp byproducts to feed animals, with emphasis on livestock. Potential hemp research includes: 

  • Assessment of nutritive and anti-nutritive quality in post-extraction products and their consistency
  • Determination of acceptability of producers and consumers regarding the use of hemp byproducts with farm animals feeding programs
  • Assessment of health and performance of animals
  • Determination of cannabinoid residuals and other plant-derived secondary metabolites in animal’s products
  • Effects on palatability and quality of products from animals fed hemp byproducts
  • Long-term preservation of hemp byproducts and new technology to improve quality preservation
  • Hemp as forage – hemp in pasture mix
  • Hemp as ‘farm’aceutical
  • Animal husbandry technologies
  • Veterinary and pet supplies

Current Research Projects

Hemp as Animal Feed: OSU Faculty-Serkan Ates, Massimo Bionaz

Determine optimal uses and safety of hemp and hemp byproducts fed to livestock. OSU will determine the THC and CBD residuals in meat and milk, and health and performance of finishing lambs and dairy cows fed hemp byproducts. This research will develop data to inform FDA for the legalization of hemp byproducts as feed for livestock.

Faculty

Massimo Bionaz

Associate Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences
Faculty leader of Animal Health & Nutrition Research Consortium

Serkan Ates

Assistant Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Gerd Bobe

Associate Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Jenifer Cruickshank

Assistant Professor (Practice)
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Jennifer Duringer

Assistant Professor (Sr Research)
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Michelle Kutzler

Associate Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences

Juliana Ranches

Assistant Professor
Animal & Rangeland Sciences (EOARC)

Business & Marketing

Faculty

Zhaohui Wu

Professor
College of Business
Faculty leader of Business & Marketing Research Consortium

Cannabis Lab Standards & Certification

This consortium includes faculty members from the departments of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Food Science & Technology, Crop & Soil Science, and Chemistry. The group’s overall focus is to conduct research and gather information on analytical methods for assessment of compounds of interest relating to hemp and hemp products. Potential hemp research includes topics such as:

  • Providing support and curation for sample receipt, preparation and processing for research projects
  • Identification of robust quantitative methods with a high standard of quality assurance/quality control for analysis of cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds of interest
  • Coordination of a testing lab network throughout the United States
  • Changes to plant chemoprofile in response to alterations in cultivation and/or harvest practices
  • Identification of relevant assays to assess consumer safety of hemp products in relation to environmental changes such as wildfire smoke, or local concentration of pesticides and metals
  • Quantitation of cannabinoids in fat, muscle, milk and other relevant biomatrices in livestock consuming hemp as feed material
  • Toxicology assays

 

Faculty

Craig Marcus

Professor
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Faculty leader of Cannabis Lab Standards & Certification Research Consortium

 

 

Jennifer Duringer

Assistant Professor (Sr Research)
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

 

 

Michael Qian

Professor
Food Science & Technology

 

Valtcho Jeliazkov

Associate Professor
Crop & Soil Science

 

Fred Stevens

Professor & Associate Dean for Research
College of Pharmacy

 

Digital Architecture & Construction

Faculty

Digital Hemp (Block Chain)

Faculty

Richard Roseberg

Director, (SOREC)

 

 

 

Ernst Cebert

Research Associate Professor, Alabama A&M

Ekaterina Jeliazkova

Faculty Research Assistant, COAREC
 

 
 

 

 

Xianyan Kuang

 Post-Doc, Alabama A&M

Sanghyuck Park

Senior Scientist, CSU-Pueblo Institute of Cannabis Research

Food & Beverages

This consortium includes faculty members from the Department of Food Science & Technology. Potential hemp research projects include investigating the influence of hemp and hemp components on:

  • Food Quality
  • Fermentation Science
  • Effects of Processing
  • Changes over Shelf-life/Stability Studies
  • Food Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Food Innovation and Valorization.
  • Co-Product Utilization
  • Food Chemistry

Faculty

Paul Hughes

Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology
Faculty leader of the Food & Beverage Research Consortium

Jovana Kovacevic

Assistant Professor
Food Innovation Center
Food Science & Technology

Jung Kwon

Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology

Sarah Masoni

Director, Product & Process Development
Food Innovation Center
Food Science & Technology

Robert McGorrin

Professor
Food Science & Technology

Michael Qian

Professor
Food Science & Technology

Thomas Shellhammer

Professor
Food Science & Technology

Joy Waite-Cusic

Associate Professor
Food Science & Technology

Pharmacy-Cosmetics & Dermatology

Faculty

Pharmacy-Medicines & Nutraceuticals

Consortium faculty include biomedical researchers in the Colleges of Pharmacy, Agriculture, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. The overall objective is to investigate the human health benefits of hemp and hemp products and the safe use of these products. Specific topics under investigation include the following:

  • Hemp-based drug discovery
  • Development of hemp-derived therapeutic agents
  • Safety of hemp-derived therapeutic agents
  • Hemp-drug interactions
  • Human metabolism and disposition of hemp compounds

 

Faculty

Richard van Breemen

Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty leader of the Pharmacy-Medicines & Nutraceuticals Research Consortium 
 

 

 

Jung Kwon

Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology

Plant Breeding & Genetics

This consortium includes faculty members from OSU Departments of Horticulture, Crop & Soil Science, Botany & Plant Pathology, and Forest Ecosystems & Society. The goal is to investigate hemp as it relates to:

  • Germplasm collection and characterization
  • Breeding for commercially-desirable traits
  • Genetic mapping and genotype-phenotype association
  • Reproductive and seed physiology
  • Seed certification and testing 

             

 

 

Current Research projects

Double Haploid Development: OSU Faculty-Patrick Hayes, Daniela Carrijo-Resende

The objective of this project is to develop a technique for the production of doubled haploid hemp plants. The advantage of using doubled haploid plants in a breeding program is that they can be produced in a significantly shorter time compared to conventional inbred lines, and thus, help to accelerate the development of new varieties. There are many doubled haploid production techniques that have been reported for other species, the most common one being anther culture. Therefore, we are currently focusing on anther culture methods for producing hemp doubled haploids. This technique involves culturing the anthers (male structure of the flower containing the developing pollen grains) on a nutrient medium in controlled conditions. We are testing a variety of nutrient media and culture conditions with the goal of producing plants directly or indirectly (via callus, a non-differentiated tissue potentially capable of generating a plant).

Hemp Comparative Genomics: OSU Faculty-Kelly Vining, Brian Knaus

Our ongoing work harnesses the power of genome sequencing to ask fundamental questions about how genes are regulated in hemp. By mapping genes on chromosomes, we look at how many copies of individual genes exist in hemp genomes, and can compare gene order (synteny) among different hemp plants. By making these comparisons, we can learn which gene variants underlie differences in cannabinoid synthesis, terpene synthesis, and disease resistance. 

 

 

Faculty

Kelly Vining

Assistant Professor
Horticulture
Faculty leader of the Plant Breeding & Genetics Research Consortium

 

Andrew Altishin

Program Manager, Seed Certification
Crop & Soil Science

 

Sabry Elias

Professor (Sr Res)
Crop & Soil Science | Seed Lab

 

Rachel Hankins

Seed Certification Specialist
Crop & Soil Science

 

Patrick Hayes

Professor
Crop & Soil Science

 

 

Brian Knaus

Research Associate
Horticulture

 

 

Daniela Resende-Carillo

Post Doctoral Scholar
Crop & Soil Science

Post-Harvest Extraction & Refinement

 

Faculty

Skip Rochefort

Associate Professor
School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering
Faculty leader of the Post-Harvest Extraction & Refinement Research Consortium

Nick AuYeung

Assistant Professor
School of Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering

Xue Jin

Assistant Professor
School of Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering

Goran Jovanovic

Professor
School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering

 

 

Textiles

Faculty