Center for Meat Safety and Quality
The Center for Meat Safety and Quality consists of a multidisciplinary group of scientists in the Department of Animal Sciences striving to address national and global issues related to meat safety and quality. These issues originate from meat safety and quality problems or research needs arising among those in the consuming public, government agencies, public health authorities, commodity groups and industry. The Center is uniquely positioned, staffed and equipped to respond, rapidly and competently, to meat safety and quality issues. For more information, please contact Dr. Keith Belk.
Western Center for Integrated Resource Management
The Center conducts integrated research combining resource management, economics, and animal science, and it is focused on profitability and sustainability of land based operations. The center also offers a graduate program both on campus and via CSU’s Continuing Education, providing unique hands-on instruction to students who seek to integrate resource management from several disciplines. Students who complete the program have knowledge of such diverse areas as better business practices; ecology, range, forest and grazing management; animal nutrition, genetics and reproduction; current policy issues and how to develop long range plans for land-based enterprises. Our faculty come from three colleges and six departments to blend instruction, outreach and research. For more information visit the WCIRM website.
Center for Sustainable Integrated Pest Management
The mission of the Center is to provide research and outreach in integrated pest management (IPM) practices for sustainable plant and animal agriculture, small and large farms, non-crop lands and waterways, households, landscapes, green industry, schools, buildings and communities that encourage the use of multiple and flexible strategies for the control of insect pests, plant pathogens, and weeds, and in some situations (such as within structures) rodents and other vertebrates. For more information, please contact Dr. Deborah Young or visit the Website.
The underground world is a lively place, with plant roots, soil microbes, and other underground organisms waging a continual battle for resources. Plant roots take an active role in this conflict through the exudation of various chemicals, yet key areas of this process remain mysterious: what genes and gene networks control exudation? How do plant root exudates influence the microbial community of the soil, and how far does this influence extend from the plant root? Finally, if plant roots do play a large role in soil microbial composition, what roles do agricultural management practices have on soil microbial biodiversity? Our laboratory studies these topics. We are firm believers that by bringing together a combined understanding of root-microbiome interactions we are likely to redefine the goals and practices of agricultural management and sustainability.