Research

There is a wealth of cutting edge research currently taking place at the OSU Wooster Campus. Learn more about research going on in the college.

Honey bee on butterfly weed The Bee Lab is dedicated to research and outreach on topics related to honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators. Current projects include honey bee nutrition in urban and agricultural landscapes, pollinator observation data collection, and phenology (the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life).
   
MCIC The Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center is a shared technology laboratory that houses equipment and provides services in microscopy, in the area of genomics, and bioinformatics. The facility is also available to other research and educational institutions and the private sector.
   
Chickens The Food Animal Health Research Progam (FAHRP) located in Wooster has modern laboratories with the latest equipment, including AALAC accredited laboratory animal and germ-free facilities. This is the only facility in the world for procurement and maintenance of germfree food producing animals, in addition FAHRP maintains the only specific pathogen free flock of turkeys in the world. Research typically focuses on enhancing food safety, protecting the environment, and making animals and people healthier.
   
The Intelligent Sprayer: the first of its kind in the world The Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering Building (FABE) is a center for research in fields ranging from bio-based energy and products to harvesting energy from greenhouses to life cycle analysis. A USDA unit, housed in FABE Wooster, researches methods to enhance crop protection while safeguarding the environment and worker safety and provides additional opportunities for students.
   
Image result for paar osu The Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research Facility (PAAR) is a highly secure biocontainment building. It is required by federal law for conducting research with organisms that cause diseases in animals classified at biosafety level 3 (BSL-3 and/or BSL-3 Ag). It is also needed for working with plant diseases that could cause undue economic hardship on agriculture if released into the environment. The PAAR will enhance OARDC’s nationally and internationally recognized research programs on infectious diseases of plants and animals — further contributing to the viability of Ohio’s $90-plus billion agricultural sector, the state’s largest industry. The facility will allow Ohio to proactively develop new diagnostic tools, treatments, vaccines, and genetically resistant animals and plants to reduce economic losses from diseases and pests.