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
Featured Project
The Effects of Forest Management on Riparian Habitats and Vegetation of Headwater Streams in the Sierra Nevada

To study riparian vegetation, microclimate and organic matter decomposition in headwater streams of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Work will include analyzing the composition of riparian vegetation, how it varies with microenvironment, and its role in ... more
Featured Project Director
Dr. Gour Choudhury
Department Head
Food Science and Nutrition Department; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly State University

Expertise: water conservation, sustainable food processing, waste/by product utilization, process engineering/automation, resource recovery and utilization, drying, extraction, enzyme reaction, and modeling

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