The need for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, exhaustion of fossil fuel resources and the desire for energy independence have encouraged worldwide interest infuels and chemicals derived from renewable resources, especially those that do not compete with food crops.
Forestry and poultry, the top two income-producing agricultural commodities in Louisiana generate significant quantities of waste that can be used for producing energy pellets or other value-added products such as soil amendments.
The sugars found in molasses are ideal feedstocks for fermentation to a wide variety of products. The bacterium known as Clostridium beijerinckii optinoii can produce butanol and isopropanol from these sugars.
There is an opportunity to extract fermentable sugars from energycane and use the fiber byproduct, or bagasse, as lignocellulosic biomass for release of additional fermentable sugars or for conversion into electricity.
Irrigation of agricultural crops in Louisiana has contributed to the state’s economic growth, and it is anticipated that the number of irrigated acres will continue to increase.
Every backyard garden needs at least one tomato plant, and certain varieties will do well in Louisiana.
The LSU AgCenter offered an obesity prevention program taught with iPads. Read about the Body Quest program.
LSU AgCenter scientists continue to bring scientific discoveries to the world marketplace through the Office of Intellectual Property. Here are four successes.
Students study tropical horticulture in Honduras, conduct marine research in Mozambique; MANRRS partners with NRCS; 15 scholars participate in Governor’s School
3 researchers get $62,500; False ragweed pest problem; New rice lines; 7 new ‘potential’ plants; Research boost for aquarium fish production
The LSU AgCenter and East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners have partnered to host a series of garden workshops for children at the Botanic Gardens.
LSU AgCenter scientists are trying to reduce the ash content of sugar, which would allow more sugar recovery, and at the same time produce salts from this ash.
Three new soybean herbicide systems will give farmers much-needed tools to fight increasing resistant weed populations they have struggled with in recent years.
LSU AgCenter economists are evaluating alternative measures of a community’s ability to provide a fertile environment for children's economic prosperity.
Because of the risks and limitations of available chemical products, it is imperative to develop new tools and strategies for sustainable disease management.
One way to teach better nutrition to families is to take aim at their children, and one way to do that is through a fun and engaging summer cooking camp.
LSU AgCenter researchers are trying to grow tea plants in Louisiana that could produce a new product for the market.
Scientists at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute develop sugar factory production models to assist Louisiana’s sugar factories in becoming more efficient.
While many Southern gardeners are familiar with the sweet fragrance of the sweet olive tree, the true edible olive is finding its way into Louisiana landscapes.
Two new faculty members, Crystal Ahrens and Tyler Braud, plan to expand 4-H and the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture livestock programs.
Uncertainty caused by globalization and technological change characterizes the future of cane sugar production in Louisiana.
The Great Recession of 2007-2008 hurt the forestry industry, and it is still feeling the effects, especially in the housing industry.
Now comes another threat to Louisiana's fragile coast: the Roseau scale insect, an invasive species from Asia.
College of Agriculture students will be the innovators, the decision-makers and the policy developers, who will work to improve food security,
This department prepares students to enter the vast and changing global apparel market through creativity and an eye to the future.
The School of Animal Sciences is working to meet the challenges of today’s industry through research, outreach and teaching efforts.
A study found a strong association between detection of this pathogen in rabbiteye blueberries, the most common in Louisiana, and yield loss.
In the food industry, the study of consumer sensory perception of foods is a key step in new product development.
The Louisiana State Arthropod Museum is an incredible resource of insect specimens from Louisiana, the South and many countries.
Arsenic is a heavy metal found in the environment, and it is common to find traces of it in our food supply. It is known to cause human health problems.
Scientists in the school are involved in food processing innovation, product development and consumer choice research.
With a broad mandate, the school is involved in just about every area of crop production and horticulture.
The disease-conducive environment in Louisiana create an ongoing condition in which plant diseases are one of the most limiting factors in crop production.
An industry-imposed birthday of January 1 has created an incentive for horse owners and breeders to produce foals as early in the year as possible.
Students who live in the Agricultural Residential College have the opportunity to network with their peers and get exposure to a variety of careers.
This program allows students to explore agriculture broadly and provides them the skills to share that knowledge.
Future agricultural professionals must have an awareness of pressing global issues as well as the ability to work in a diverse work environment.
This study assesses local governments’ debris removal management decisions and how they impact their net wealth in the long run.
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness focuses on the economic viability of the agricultural sector in Louisiana.
Insects are the largest and most diverse group of organisms on earth. Almost a million species have been described by scientists with more to come.
For the past five years, the LSU College of Agriculture’s student population has hovered around 1,300.
Submerged aquatic vegetation grows in shallow waters off the northern Gulf of Mexico coast and is one of the most productive ecosystems in coastal landscape.
The School of Renewable Natural Resources encompasses wildlife conservation, fisheries, aquaculture, wetlands, watershed ecology and forest products.
Madelyn Smith named Udall Scholar; Kunlin Song wins dissertation award; Poultry judging team takes national prize; Five students receive University Medals
Blake Wilson named rice, sugarcane entomologist; Experts talk irrigation; International technology meeting; Phragmites scale damages coast; Tiger Tasters
In the College of Agriculture classes meet indoors, outdoors, in the woods, on a livestock farm or even in another country.
Students can spend a few weeks, a semester or an entire year at a university in another country and get college credit.
From courtrooms to classrooms, from Capitol Hill to a castle, LSU College of Agriculture alumni are making marks in many ways.