About the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences: Through its world-class research on agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, rural economic development and human health, the College provides solutions to Oregon’s most pressing challenges and contributes to a sustainable environment and a prosperous future for Oregonians.

$2 million barley project gets naked for the good of the grain

Oregon State University is leading a five-state effort to develop varieties of naked barleys that are not only organic, they can also be used in a variety of ways.

Electrical transmission lines have power to enhance habitat connectivity for wildlife

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Converting the ground under electrical transmission towers into spaces for wildlife can enable fragmented populations to connect with one another, increasing local biodiversity and providing animals around the globe an important tool for adapting to climate change, a new study found.

Genetic markers show Pacific albacore intermingle across equator but remain separate stocks

NEWPORT, Ore. – 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.

Tweaks to land-based conservation efforts would pay huge freshwater ecosystem dividends

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Conservation projects aimed at protecting land-dwelling species could net major gains in helping species living in streams, lakes and wetlands with relatively minor adjustments, an international research collaboration that included Oregon State University has discovered.

Beavers appear to help the growth of brown trout in South America, study finds

Through field work in a remote area of Tierra del Fuego, Chile, OSU researchers determined that dam building by the beaver enables a wider range of more energy-dense food sources for brown trout.

OSU researchers part of international effort to save critically endangered seabird

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 Japan.

Timing key in understanding plant microbiomes

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have made a key advance in understanding how timing impacts the way microorganisms colonize plants, a step that could provide farmers an important tool to boost agricultural production.

Predation by Caspian terns on young steelhead means fewer return as adults

Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, according to a new paper from scientists at Oregon State University.

OSU research suggests a better way to keep birds from hitting power lines

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Suspended, rotating devices known as “flappers” may be the key to fewer birds flying into power lines, a study by Oregon State University suggests.

Magnetic pulses alter salmon’s orientation, suggesting they navigate via magnetite in their tissue

Researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences have taken a step closer to solving one of nature’s most remarkable mysteries: How do salmon, when it’s time to spawn, find their way back from distant ocean locations to the stream where they hatched?

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