The Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) exemplifies the California State University System (CSU) working for California through university-industry partnerships. ARI provides a diversified, multi-campus applied research program that annually matches $4.37 million in State General Funds with at least one-to-one external support for research on high-priority issues facing California agriculture.

The ARI engages the collective expertise of the CSU’s four colleges of agriculture at California State University, Fresno; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and CSU, Chico along with CSU, Monterey Bay and Humboldt State collaboratively with faculty and research scientists from other CSU and University of California (UC) campuses, the USDA, and other State, Regional and Federal organizations. ARI’s research and technology transfer activities complement the basic research conducted by the nation’s land grant universities and aim to improve the economic viability and sustainability of California agriculture.

ARI Administration
California Polytechnic State University
Attn: Dr. Mark Shelton, Executive Director
One Grand Avenue
Building 11-211
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0250
805-756-6297
Featured Project
Mucinase Activity of Probiotic Bacteria

To study and characterize common strains of probiotic bacteria used as processed food ingredients with regard to their mucinase activities, which involves protecting the epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract. Study should lead to better use of the ... more
Featured Project Director
Dr. Peggy Papathakis
Associate Professor
Food Science & Nutrition Department, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly State University

Expertise: International Nutrition and Maternal/Child Nutrition

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