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.

Economic analysis provides watershed moment for environmental groups

Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality. 

Land-locked Atlantic salmon use GPS-like magnetic field to navigate – and may not lose that ability

A new study shows that Atlantic salmon use the Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational tool – much like their cousins, Pacific salmon – and don’t lose that ability through several generations of fish even after they have been transplanted into a land-locked lake

Amazon mangrove forest stores twice as much carbon per acre as region’s famous rainforest

Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon’s waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region’s famous rainforest.

Corvallis Science Pub looks at the use of technology in agriculture

A preowned tractor or plow used to be the go-to technology for the average farmer, but while that might still be true for some, agriculture has changed forever. At the Corvallis Science Pub on Oct. 8, Chad Higgins will discuss the farms of the future and related technology in the fields. 

Aspen is making a comeback in and around Yellowstone National Park, because of predators

The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is tied to the recovery of aspen in areas around the park, according to a new study.

NSF awards $1.8 million to OSU-Utah collaboration to estimate U.S. plant transpiration

With a $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation, scientists at Oregon State University and the University of Utah are teaming up to make initial estimates of U.S. plant transpiration.

New ‘droughty’ soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate

Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid natural resource managers to prepare forested landscapes for a changing climate.

OSU names Texas A&M leader as dean of its College of Agricultural Sciences

Alan R. Sams, who has helped expand prominent agricultural programs at both Texas A&M and Clemson universities, has been named the Reub Long Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems, according to an Oregon State University study.

New evidence of two subspecies of American pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika, a species thought to be closely connected with climate change, according to a new study.

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