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Areas of Research Excellence

Food Safety

Food Safety. For decades Davis College researchers have focused their scientific efforts on the systematic development and evaluation of production, processing, and preparation methods of food products to achieve a safer, higher quality and more nutritious food supply, and to take the information to the end-user. They're working on developing pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest strategies and technologies to maintain a safe, high-quality and affordable food supply, while maintaining producer profitability.

Sustainable Land

Sustainable Land & Water Use. The need to develop long-term, sustainable, integrated systems is growing and vital not only to agriculture, but to the global community as a whole. The Texas High Plains are unique in that it represents not just one of the most intensive agricultural production areas of the United States, but it presents many of the issues that are faced world-wide with many similarities to other ecosystems around the world. This provides a unique opportunity to study global issues and how parts of a system and the resources available interact and work together.

Biotechnology and Genomics

Biotechnology & Genomics. Virtually unheard of mere decades ago, genetically engineered plants make up much of the nation's harvest today. The impact of having agricultural genome sequences cannot be overestimated. Once a genome sequence is found, researchers can take basic laboratory research and get new varieties into the hands of growers at a significantly accelerated rate. This discovery could one day open the way for novel applications to utilize production crops like cotton as an important renewable resource for food, fuel and fiber.

Sustainable Land

Animal Health, Nutrition & Welfare. The Southern High Plains is in the heart of the U.S. cattle industry, as well as the rapidly growing swine and dairy industries. It's one reason why Davis College researchers are so focused on the biology, production, management, care and value-added processing of animal products. Davis College researchers conduct studies across the continuum from animal production to processed foods, often utilizing state-of-the-art technologies.

International Development

International Development. The Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources has a global footprint with more than 80 international projects in 42 countries. In addition, Davis College offers many opportunities for students to study abroad through faculty-led programs. Some study abroad programs require students to enroll in a specific course or semester, so contact the faculty member in charge of the program to find out more information.


Food Safety
Dr. Mindy Brashears
Department of Animal & Food Sciences
(806) 834-4274

Sustainable Production Systems
Dr. Charles West
Department of Plant and Soil Science
(806) 834-4160
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Biotechnology & Genomics
Dr. Benildo Reyes
Department of Plant & Soil Science
(806) 834-6421

Animal Health, Nutrition & Welfare
Dr. John McGlone
Department of Animal & Food Sciences
(806) 834-8275

International Development
Dr. David Weindorf
Research Faculty Fellow (OVPR) and Professor & BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology (PSS)
(806) 742-2808