The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is one of the first land grant college-associated experiment stations in the U.S. It has long been among the most progressive from the standpoint of fulfilling its mission in the most urbanized state in the country.
NJAES research is intertwined with faculty and programs in the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and is closely linked to our NJAES extension and outreach programs. As with other research units within Rutgers, the primary source of programmatic funding for the experiment station and school research scientists is through competitive research grants, with base support often coming from NJAES.
Our research objectives range from finding solutions to immediate problems to exploring complex questions. Some areas of special emphasis for the next few years include:
- Food, nutrition, and health
- Food safety, food security, and childhood obesity
- New plant varieties through modern breeding methodologies
- Methods for detection and control of specific crop pests and diseases
- Genes involved in disease and how those might be utilized for resistance to disease
- Effects of climate change on agriculture and the environment
- Production agriculture for small and mid-sized farms typical of the Northeast U.S.
Research discoveries and technologies are transferred through traditional and innovative mechanisms, including: educational and training programs, technology transfer, policy recommendations, and the formation of spin-off companies.
As we continue adapting to the challenges ahead of us, the experiment station remains a research beacon of inspiration for future generations.
Thank you for your dedication to agriculture.