Centers and Institutes

Research Centers and Institutes in the College of Ag Sciences

The center is a focal point for cross-disciplinary research and outreach on air and water quality, soil conservation, invasive species, climate change and other environmental issues of consequence to agriculture.

The mission of the Biomass Energy Center is to coordinate and facilitate research and outreach across Penn State, building teams to address the complete value chain of biomass energy systems.

In 2005, Penn State researchers and facilities united as a center of excellence to promote collaborative research and graduate education in chemical and molecular ecology.

Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development helps create new opportunities for people living throughout Pennsylvania.

The Center for Food Manufacturing is a partnership between The Pennsylvania State University and corporate members to meet the challenges of productivity, competitiveness, and safety in food processing and manufacturing.

The Center, the only location in North America with small test green roofs on replicated buildings, characterizes and quantifies the performance of green roofs and promotes their discoveries through education and outreach.

Our work involves evolutionary biology, ecology, parasitology, microbiology, genetics, and immunology.

The Center for Mastitis Research conducts innovative mastitis research aimed at developing practical dairy herd preventive medicine programs, safe and effective animal health products, and improved management techniques for the dairy industry.

Our mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and education in the areas of Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

The Center was formed in 1997 to develop and expand programs in toxicology and carcinogenesis at Penn State. Over the past ten years the Center has fostered the development of graduate and undergraduate programs in toxicology.

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State is committed to developing and implementing integrative, multidisciplinary approaches to improving pollinator health, conservation, and management for ecosystems services through research, education, outreach and policy.

The center focuses on applied research, education and outreach to students, forest landowners, the forest-products industry, loggers, conservation districts, agencies, land trusts, nongovernmental organizations and the public.

The Center for Reproductive Biology and Health at Penn State includes a group of faculty who are deeply committed to the improvement of reproductive health and function through integration of fundamental and applied research and dissemination of knowledge.

The Center for Sports Surface Research at Penn State is dedicated to the improvement of all sports surfaces. Through cooperative scientific inquiry the center's members expect to improve performance and safety on all sports surfaces.

The Penn State Center for Turfgrass Science has been at the forefront of cutting edge turfgrass research for decades.

The center's purpose is to create the next generation of watershed professionals by combining interdisciplinary capabilities with strong disciplinary bases in a community-oriented context. Its programs include graduate studies in watershed stewardship and a continuing-education program of short courses for natural resources professionals and community leaders.

Part of Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, the Center is the largest repository for E. coli strains in America. It holds more than 70,000 strains collected over the last 50 years from animals, humans, birds and environment.

ENRI's mission is to improve understanding and management of living systems, landscapes, and human-environment interactions with the objective of sustaining and enhancing ecosystem services and human-well being.

One of four federally-funded regional centers coordinating rural development research in the U.S., the NERCRD coordinates the initiatives of the rural development faculty from the 15 land-grant institutions in the Northeast region.

The Northeast Regional Center of the Sun Grant Initiative is a national network of universities and national labs partnering to help build a bio-based economy.

The NEWBio Consortium focuses efforts in eight areas: human systems, feedstock improvement, harvest-preprocessing-logistics, sustainability, safety and health, extension, education, and leadership-stakeholder involvement.

Addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international levels by bringing together researchers from different disciplines.

At The Schatz Center, state-of-the-art research is conducted in forest genetics, genomics, and related areas. The Center provides training opportunities for undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. The Center also sponsors a colloquium, held biennially at Penn State's Mont Alto campus, which brings together researchers and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to discuss the science of current issues in tree genetics.