Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
DASNR Centers & Institutes
The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center
The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), located in Stillwater, Okla., on the campus of Oklahoma State University, strives to keep the products, jobs and dollars home in Oklahoma. FAPC offers large and small businesses, producers and entrepreneurs of Oklahoma, as well as other states, access to faculty and staff with expertise in business and technical disciplines.
FAPC's research laboratories, pilot-processing facilities, educational programs and seminars keep food and agricultural processors and entrepreneurs on the forefront of cutting-edge value-added processing and technology.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Center
The Oklahoma Water Resources Center is the hub of water-related research and extension activities in Oklahoma. This center focuses on efforts to sustain Oklahoma's agriculture water supply.
There is a strong need for development, delivery and accessibility of science-based information related to water management issues. These issues include improved soil management practices, irrigation methods, efficiency of farm water storage and transport of water, as well as an overall economic assessment of agricultural enterprises to allow owners and operators to manage existing water supplies more prudently.
The Biobased Products and Energy Center
The Biobased Products and Energy Center is a center created to better meet ever-increasing demands for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources's (DASNR) scientific expertise regarding biofuels.
DASNR has been involved in biofuels development since the early 1990s, and formed a biofuels nonfood cellulosic team in 1998. DASNR has been a national leader in examining and developing everything from potential biomass feedstocks to energy production systems, to economic, social and environmental considerations.
Division officials view the center as the next logical step in focusing multi-disciplinary efforts related to biofuels development not only within DASNR but across the state and nation.
Institute for Agricultural Biosciences (IAB)
Oklahoma State University's Institute for Agricultural Biosciences (IAB) is a new research initiative based in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This site was chosen to optimize opportunities for collaboration with The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. Research at the 33,000 square foot facility will be focused on both basic and applied aspects of crop improvement through molecular biology, genetics, plant breeding and crop management. This effort will endable OSU to more effectively assist producers through the development of new or improved crops and crop production systems. Research will be focused on forage species that can enhance livestock production and scientists at the institute will also work to deveolp viable alternatives for rural economies with an emphasis on economic development and technology transfer. The IAB will advance Oklahoma's research capacity in the fields of plant science and biomass deveolpment. Learn more about OSU's IAB.
National Institute for Microbial Forensices & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB)
NIFFAB assess current national capabilities in microbial forensics as related to plant pathogens and food safety. They provide strategic planning, a long-range vision and prioritization of needs and resources related to plant and food-related microbial forensics and agricultural biosecurity.
NIMFFAB has worked to establish a coalition of national and state investigators conducting research on crop and food biosecurity and forensics issues. They serve as a focal point for communication, cooperation, collaboration, funding initiatives, and outreach related to crop and food biosecurity and microbial forensics. NIMFFAB also develops educational (coursework) and training (workshops) opportunities related to agricultural microbial forensics for students and stakeholders, in cooperation with OSU-CHS (Tulsa) and other State and National agencies and entities.