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Whales tale

Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute has been awarded a $2 million grant to collect data about distribution and density of marine mammals and seabirds that will be used to inform decisions about offshore wind energy development.

Statewide needs Assessment for the Cattle Industry - October 2021

Cattle and calves, dairy products and milk, and hay are consistently among the top agricultural commodities in Oregon annually. Sales of these commodities have fluctuated over time as a result of a number of factors including international...

Jaguar in the northern Brazilian Pantanal. Photo: Daniel Kantek.

Oregon State University researchers and a team of international scientists have gained new insights into the diet, population density and social interactions of a group of Brazilian jaguars.

The research team, which included Environmental & Molecular Toxicology faculty Robyn Tanguay and Lisa Truong and graduate fellow Claudia Santillan, sought to answer important but largely neglected questions regarding the massive global...

Oregon State University Dry Farming Project student research assistants Kelly Andrus, Asher Whitney and Meaghan Herlihy host a dry-farmed tomato tasting at the Corvallis Farmers Market.

Dry farming was more prevalent before farmers turned to irrigation, said Amy Garrett, president of the Dry Farming Institute and Oregon State University Extension small farms programs instructor. She’s met longtime dry farmers raising crops...

 sage grouse. Photo by Courtney Duchardt.

The distribution and abundance of greater and Gunnison sage grouse species has steadily declined in the region over the last century. Conservation of the birds prompted research led by the Oregon State University Extension Service to determine...

Dr. David W. Bohnert

October 2021 – Dr. David W. Bohnert is the recipient of the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Extension Award, presented to him during the 2021 Western Section Meeting held in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Dr. David Bohnert...

Bernadine Strik

Bernadine Strik, Ph.D., a veteran professor of horticulture and a berry crop specialist and researcher at Oregon State University, was honored with the Duke Galletta Award for Excellence in Horticultural Research by the North American Blueberry...

A coho salmon jumps out of the water in Fall Creek, Oregon. Photo by Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University.

“If we can learn more about how natural origin fish mate in the wild, and if that differs from how hatchery fish mate in the wild, we can potentially gather new information to improve mating strategies applied in hatcheries.”



Hemp plants being grown at the Oregon State University North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon. Photo: Oregon State University.

The five-year project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant program. Oregon State scientists are partnering with eight institutions across the nation on this research, which...

Dr. Bernadine Strik

In more than three decades as a berry crops researcher with Oregon State University, Dr. Bernadine Strik had never seen such stress put on plants and fruit than by the extreme heat wave that baked the Pacific Northwest earlier this year.

Linda King took this photo of the sunset and noticed what she thought might be a shark in the lower left corner.

Taylor Chapple, assistant professor at the Marine, Fishing and Wildlife Department at Oregon State University, encourages people to explore the sharks of Northern California and Oregon - all 15 species of them.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins, a PhD candidate from Oregon State University, has received a $100,000 scholarship to further his work of researching habitat refugia and turning his findings into a bilingual children’s book for Latino youth.

Lookout Point Reservoir in Oregon. Photo: Dave Leer.

Fisheries managers in Oregon are increasingly identifying and grappling with threats posed by illegally introduced or invasive species overlapping with native fish populations. 

Cows in smokey air

A team at the Oregon State University has begun a three-year study looking at the effects of poor air quality on cattle.

The study’s lead author is Dawn Barlow, a doctoral candidate in Torres’ lab. The findings were published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology. The research...

wildfire smoke

Grapes and wine are affected differently depending on the intensity, duration and proximity of a wildfire, and what kind of wood or material is burning

Mud Shrimp

Prof. John Chapman is an invasive species specialist at Oregon State University. He and a team of researchers were in Alaska this summer studying an invasive isopod that has now reached Ketchikan and Sitka, and is destructive to an important...

Gordon Jones is an assistant professor of general agriculture based at the ...

zebra fish

Robyn Tanguay, a distinguished professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the eight-year grant in the field of predictive toxicology from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Coyotes can eat by scavenging cougars’ prey but it’s a risky proposition as coyotes often end up killed by cougars too, a new study of predator interactions by Oregon State University shows.

Strand Agriculture Hall

Robust research continued at the College of Agricultural Sciences through FY21 despite the challenges of a pandemic and lockdowns. We maintained last year’s significant 22% increase over FY19 and secured an additional $59M in funding, the...

Oregon Agriculture Food and Fiber: An Economic Analysis

For more than 20 years the Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has partnered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to produce and update an analysis and report of the economic impact of agriculture in the state. ...

Dr. Silvia Rondon

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University has appointed Dr. Silvia Rondon as the interim director of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC). She is taking on the leadership...

Priyadarshini Chakrabarti collects pollen from a blueberry flower. Photo by Ramesh Sagili.

A new grant will allow Oregon State University researchers to study the nutritional value of more than 100 bee-pollinated crops, native plants and commonly used ornamental plants, a project that could help scientists better understand the...

Following an extensive national search, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University has selected Dr. Shawn Donkin to serve as its new Associate Dean for Research (ADR) starting September 1.

Donkin joins the college...

Keisha Harrison, a doctoral student at Oregon State University, with a kombucha SCOBY.

Oregon State University scientists are beginning to unravel the key microorganisms that contribute to the fermentation of kombucha, research that is already aiding large-scale kombucha producers in the fast-growing industry.

A vineyard in Oregon’s Eola Amity Hills AVA at harvest.

“My colleagues in the East, Midwest, Canada, and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest report red blotch, but it seems to be more prevalent in Oregon and California, and less so in Washington,” said Patricia Skinkis, viticulture extension...

OSU Students making cheese

Investments by private industry coupled with university funding will propel Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences to build a $20 million state-of-the-art dairy processing facility that will further advance the university...

Featured artwork: Tara Kemp, The Flower Vendor, 2020, Oil, 20” x 24”.

On Friday, June 4, Giustina Gallery at LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University will open its 38th annual exhibition of visual art inspired by and promoting growing food, fiber crops, and natural resources. 

Spotted Bat

Bat researchers say a project in Central Oregon shows citizen science’s strong potential for helping ecologists learn more about one of the least understood groups of mammals.

Dr. Silvia Rondon

Faculty, Staff and Friends of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Silvia Rondon has been appointed director of the Oregon Integrated Pest Management Center (OIPMC) effective July 1, 2021.


OSU Students making cheese

The College of Agricultural Sciences has launched an online retail store to sell cheeses, honey and beef jerky made by its students.

sheeps and solar panels

Land productivity could be greatly increased by combining sheep grazing and solar energy production on the same land, according to...

OSU Extension Service: Deschutes County

From the Oregon Coast to the eastern rangelands, the Oregon State University Extension Service is collaborating to build knowledge, confidence and participation in COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences has launched the fifth chapter in the nation, and the first west of the Mississippi River, of a club for agriculture community members identifying as LGTBQ+ and their allies.


OSU scientists and theU.S. Forest Service are making a splash by using DNA from water samples to estimate the genetic diversity of Pacific salmon and trout in rivers across Oregon and Northern California!

Rafting the John Day River in Oregon.

An international team of scientists, including two from Oregon State University, conducted a biological assessment of the world’s rivers and the limited data they found presents a fairly bleak picture.

Albacore tuna

Analyzing thousands of genetic markers in albacore tuna from the Pacific Ocean, researchers at Oregon State University have learned that just seven dozen of those markers are needed to determine which side of the equator a fish comes from.