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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.

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Cheese making

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...

Salmon

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.

Dr. Kate Lajtha

Dr. Kate Lajtha, a professor of biogeochemistry in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), in the...

Dr. Francisco José Calderón

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University has named Dr. Francisco José Calderón as the new director for the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC). He replaces Dr. Clive Kaiser who had...

The craft beer revolution turned the tall cousin of cannabis into a breakout ingredient, infusing your brew with flavors and aromas that range from stone fruit to barrel oak. Christopher Solomon hits the road to understand why hop madness isn’t...

Oregon State University scientists have developed a method that could potentially predict the cancer-causing potential of chemicals released into the air during wildfires and fossil fuel combustion.

The research, which was ...

Solar power has a real estate problem.

Rooftop panels are great, but there just isn’t enough viable rooftop space for solar to take a meaningful bite out of carbon emissions in the US. For that, the country needs utility-scale solar...

Ninety percent of the wine produced in the United States comes from the three Pacific Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington. During the month of September, a freak weather condition, described as a ...

Hemp researchers at Oregon State University are convening a new working group to study the effects of wildfire smoke on the crop following another brutal wildfire season across the West.

Jay Noller, a professor and director of OSU's...

A group of researchers led by a team at Oregon State University have received a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center of Excellence in Genomic Science where they will develop tools to modernize how...

Dr. Clive Kaiser

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University named Dr. Clive Kaiser as the interim director for the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC). He is stepping into this role to provide leadership...

Pete Jones, a beer historian with the Lost Lagers consultancy, wasn’t on the lookout for a beer to recreate when he stumbled across the lab report that would become Washington, D.C.–based Right Proper Brewing Company’s Senate Beer. The...

Dr. Jennifer Alix-Garcia named Director of the Sustainability Degree Program for the College of Agricultural Sciences

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is pleased to announce Dr. Jennifer Alix-Garcia as its new Sustainability Degree Program Director following an internal search.

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Sage grouse researchers endure the Wyoming summer heat to gauge nest survival. 

Kayla Ruth is studying for her doctorate at Oregon State University. She guided project technicians Devin Hendricks and Julianne Herrick through the...

As the founding college of a land grant university, we have an obligation and mission to serve all Oregonians in addressing complex challenges facing our society. This requires us to not only reflect the society we serve in our composition but...

Scientists need a new way to manage the increasing number of invasive species that cannot be stopped.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyard, recently installed a special band of UV light called UVC light treatment, into their HVAC systems to protect their customers and employees from the coronavirus. Oregon Winemakers are now learning that UVC can be used...

“The new species is named in honor of distinguished mycologist Dr. Dan Luoma, collector of the holotype, for his many contributions to mycology,” said...

Data scientists from Oregon’s three largest universities have received a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to help fellow scientists across the Pacific Northwest address challenges such as earthquake preparedness, securing...

2019-2020 CAS Grant Funding

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has always demonstrated strength in every area of its land-grant mission to advance teaching, research and outreach. Fiscal year 2020 marked a milestone for the college...

The global population of the critically endangered Chinese crested tern has more than doubled thanks to a historic, decade-long collaboration among Oregon State University researchers and scientists and conservationists in China, Taiwan and...

Emeritus Professor Clint Shock kneels next to young plants in a greenhouse

Malheur Experiment Station emeritus professor Clint Shock has a rich and winding research history where he followed his passions and sought to directly assist the people in his community.

The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to announce Brian Charlton as the Director of the Klamath Basin Research and Experiment Center (KBREC), following two years of serving in an interim director capacity.

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Brian Charlton

The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to announce Brian Charlton as the Director of the Klamath Basin Research and Experiment Center (KBREC), following two years of serving in an interim director capacity.

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As part of National Institute of Health's National COVID Cohort Collaborative, Dr. Melissa Haendel, director of CD2H at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Director of Translational Data Science at OSU, states:

“By...

Member of OSU coronavirus testing project speaking to a resident in Corvallis

Oregon State University will expand its coronavirus testing to Newport, after an outbreak at a seafood processing...

During the first months of the pandemic, as industrial meat plants closed and grocery stores experienced shortages, some mid-sized local food companies saw an unexpected boom in business. As people across the country sheltered in place, they...

As reports of #AsianGiantHornet sightings have come out of Washington State and Canada recently, the OSU Honey Bee Lab is keeping tabs on the latest news and...

Farmers market produce

Weighing the grocery story versus the local market? “[The farmers market is] safer because it’s a very short supply chain, and the food is not going through very many hands,” says Lauren Gwin, an Extension community food systems specialist.

Susanne Brander

The pandemic is amplifying nearly every disadvantage that women in STEM already face. But institutions and the scientific community can help. 

Co-authored by Susanne Brander, an ecotoxicologist and assistant professor at Oregon State...

Chinook salmon swimming

Oregon State University Fisheries and Wildlife professor David Noakes is part of a joint study exploring the navigation prowess of Chinook salmon due to magnetic crystals in their tissues.

Last week President Trump used the Defense Production Act to declare that meat processing plants are critical infrastructure. That means they need to find a way to stay open, while also practicing social distancing. Processing plants, like one...

What does virtual wine taste like?

When Associate Professor and Enology Specialist James Osborne learned he would have to take his five-credit Wine Production, Analysis and Sensory Evaluations class online, that question must have...

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is pleased to announce that after an extensive national search, Dr. Carol Lorenzen has been selected as the new head of the Department of...

Dr. Carol Lorenzen

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is pleased to announce that after an extensive national search, Dr. Carol Lorenzen has been selected as the new head of the Department of...

In a paper released in Nature Sustainability in April 2020, Michigan State University professor Bruno Basso, a professor in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University, and John Antle, professor of Applied Economics at Oregon...

Blue whales swim to the surface to feed on krill as it helps them to conserve energy, according to a new study that involved amazing drone footage of the mammals.  Experts from Oregon State University found that feeding on the ocean's surface...

An Oregon State University-led research program has been awarded a $12.7 million grant to serve the Pacific Northwest by studying harmful chemicals found at federally designated hazardous waste sites.

The biggest fish in the sea is more vulnerable to extinction than thought, a new study finds.

The coronavirus crisis has increased interest in individuals wanting to grow their own food during stay-at-home orders, massive layoffs and community planting postponements. About 1,000 people a day are signing up for a free, online vegetable...

Solar panels can provide a consistent flow of money and security. CAS's Chad Higgins is leading research into agrivoltaics.

Lisbeth Goddik, a longtime professor and dairy extension specialist at Oregon State University, has been named head of the Department of Food Science and Technology.

The nucleus of H. salminicola, glowing green under a microscope

"When we think of 'animals,' we picture multicellular creatures that need oxygen to survive, unlike many single-celled organisms including protists and bacteria," study co-author Stephen Atkinson, a microbiologist at Oregon State University,...

2019 SACNAS Conference Attendees

Earlier this month, members of the Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter attended the National Diversity in STEM conference in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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Cranberries

Many cranberry growers in Oregon sell to Ocean Spray. In 2016, the company changed its color requirements for cranberries, necessitating a significant shift in harvest strategies, moving it to an earlier timeframe. That shift also created...

Sagebrush steppe rangelands support complex plant communities that sustain wildlife populations, recreation and rangeland-based cattle production. Today, they are under threat by both juniper encroachment and exotic annual grass invasion and...

Blind taste tests conducted by Oregon State University found that fish caught and quickly frozen at sea rated as good or better than supposedly “fresh” fish bought at the supermarket.

Cows

In many rangelands, the problem isn’t too many cattle, it’s that the cattle aren’t using the land evenly, says Leticia Henderson, a livestock and range science professor at Oregon State University.

Christina Aiello

The Conway Science Fellowship in landscape scale was awarded to the team of Christina Aiello, a postdoctoral scholar, and Clint Epps, an associate professor, both in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural...

Evan Bredeweg

The Conway Science Fellowship in social science was awarded to the team of Evan Bredeweg, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences; and Ashley D’Antonio, an assistant professor...

Oregon State University is the state's only Land Grant College.

Oregon State University has had a banner year in research grant funding—nearly 440 million dollars in 2019. (Only in 2017 did the institution bring in more research grants and contracts in a fiscal year.) Their research has potential impacts in...

Oregon State University Foundation President and CEO Mike Goodwin, left, and Executive Vice President Shawn Scoville pose at the foundation's office in Corvallis. Goodwin is retiring Jan. 3, and Scoville has been announced as his successor.

The architect of a hugely successful capital campaign on behalf of Oregon State University will step down early next year as head of the university’s fundraising arm and will be succeeded by his longtime protégé. Mike Goodwin is retiring Jan. 3...

Kate Brown adn Ed Ray

On Sept. 20, the Harvest Dinner at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora brought together 300 local farmers, agricultural industry and business leaders, university faculty and elected officials - including Gov....

2019 Diamond Pioneers

At a luncheon on October 2, 2019 the following people were honored as recipients of the Diamond Pioneer Award

  • Paul Arbuthnot, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Sandy Arbuthnot, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Richard Betz, Hermiston, OR...

The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction...

Kristyn Vitale with a cat

A new Oregon State University study finds that pet cats form attachments with their human owners that are similar to the bonds formed by children and dogs with their caretakers.

It's the first time that researchers have empirically...

Solar Pannels

Installing solar panels on farmland is the best way to maximize their productivity, a new study has found.  Chad Higgins, associate professor in Oregon State University (OSU)’s College of Agricultural Sciences and corresponding author of the...

Pivotal Moments newsletter - July 2019

Includes updates on HAREC labs and events.

sarah masoni making ice cream

Oregon State University’s Sarah Masoni knows she has a sophisticated palate. But one worth $1 million dollars?

school of fish

“With a lot of fisheries off the West Coast, we have historically had pretty good fishery management, which has given us resilience,” says Will White, fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University.

Susanne Brander, an Oregon State University toxicologist who researches the effects of microplastics on larval fish, says the amphipods are becoming a vector to transport plastic particles into the food web.

Ramesh in bee gear studying bees

Ramesh Sagili, a bee expert with Oregon State University, predicted these big bee losses because of mites earlier last year. "It's a very lethal parasite on honey bees," Sagili says. "It causes significant damage not only to the bee, but to the...