Research | College of Agricultural Sciences | SIU

Southern Illinois University



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The College of Agricultural Sciences is one of the premier non-Land Grant agricultural research colleges in the United States.

Over a hundred faculty members, researchers and students are involved in various projects in both traditional and nontraditional areas within the agriculture, food and fiber sector. Signature areas of research excellence include human nutrition and wellness, soybean production, biotechnology and genomics, animal nutrition, renewable energy, weed science, rural economic development, outdoor recreation, water quality and forest resource management. 

The Office of Research at the SIU Carbondale College of Agricultural Sciences oversees specialized research undertakings in laboratories in molecular biology, bioinformatics, food processing technology, plant pathology, agricultural systems technology; soil science; hydrology, human and animal nutrition; endocrinology and cell culture to name a few.

In recent years, the College has obtained many sponsored grants for work in the areas of soybean production and utilization, water quality, sustainable practices, local foods, wildlife habitats, biofuels and international agriculture. Moreover, the college received two additional grants from the Howard Buffett Foundation to investigate the effects of long term sustainable agricultural practices. 

Tier-one research is also conducted on the 2,000 acre working farm and forest, we call University Farms.

Our research programs are truly impressive and provide unparalleled access, opportunity and reward for those with the initiative and desire to learn.