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Food security, safety and health among critical needs addressed by OARDC

EHE Office of Research
May 23, 2017

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), employs nearly 650 scientists and staff members throughout the state.

Founded in 1882, OARDC is supported by the Ohio General Assembly, competitive grants, gifts, contracts, federal grants and other sources. OARDC uses these funds to provide direct research support and economic development for Ohio’s annual $100+ billion agbioscience industry. The vast number of OARDC research projects focus on three signature areas: advanced bioenergy and bio-based products; environmental quality and sustainability; and food security, production and human health.

In addition to working with faculty from CFAES, OARDC scientists collaborate closely with researchers in Ohio State’s colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Medicine, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences and Engineering. At any given time, OARDC researchers are engaged in nearly 400 research projects.

Faculty in EHE who have OARDC appointments include Cheryl Achterberg, Martha Belury, Michael Betz, Richard Bruno, Carolyn Gunther, Andrew Hanks, Irene Hatsu, Sanja Ilic, Lauren Jones, Rachel Kopec, Caezilia Loibl, Carl Maresh, Keeley Pratt and Robert Scharff.

For more information about OARDC and the involvement of EHE faculty in OARDC projects, please contact Richard Bruno (, EHE liaison to OARDC.


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