Outstanding Research Programs

Animal Reproductive Biology Group

The Animal Reproductive Biology Group is a multidisciplinary effort composed of scientists interested in mammalian reproductive biology. The group examines reproductive biology from the subcellular level to the whole animal in a variety of species, including farm animals, humans and model laboratory animals. The objective is to clarify critical cellular and metabolic mechanisms that regulate the reproductive process. This information will help solve costly reproductive problems and improve efficiency. Learn more about the Animal Reproductive Biology Group.

Beef Cattle Genetics/Genomics

The goal of this research area is to maximize the productive efficiency of swine and cattle by testing animals and utilizing these tests for genetic improvement and animal management and by identifying genetic diagnostics (DNA and/or RNA-based) associated with variation in production, productive efficiency, fertility, and stress-related traits. Our diverse expertise within our faculty members means we use the most appropriate technology, ranging from DNA sequence to mating systems, to address issues of animal improvement. Our work helps livestock producers improve profitability through increased production efficiency and means consumers will benefit from improved quality of pork and beef products. Learn more about the beef cattle genetics/genomics research area.

DroughtInterdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG)

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is a community of MU faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals who are pursuing novel, creative and transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. Established in 1981, the IPG seeks to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology and computer science. Our aim in integrating these disciplines is to stimulate joint research projects that will enhance our understanding of how plants grow and develop in changing environments. Visit the IPG web site.

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI)

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) provides objective analysis of markets and policies. Since its inception in 1984, a primary purpose of FAPRI-MU has been to provide decision makers with information about how changes in policies or market conditions affect the agricultural sector. We use economic models of key commodity markets to estimate how different policy options affect prices and quantities, producers, consumers, and government costs. Visit the FAPRI web site.

Agroforestry plotsCenter for Agroforestry

The Center for Agroforestry is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the expertise of MU faculty in forestry, fisheries and wildlife, entomology, plant pathology, agronomy, animal science, agricultural economics, rural sociology and horticulture. The Center, established in 1998, is one the world’s leading centers contributing to the science underlying agroforestry, the science and practice of intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon, and reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change. Learn more about the MU Center for Agroforestry.


Recognizing the immense promise of bioengineering and the unique position of Mizzou for a strong bioengineering program, CAFNR and the College of Engineering (CoE) joined forces to form the Department of Bioengineering. CoE contributes biomedical engineering capabilities while CAFNR brings strengths in bioprocess and bioenvironmental engineering. Teaching and research programs have three emphasis areas: biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering and bioenvironmental engineering. Learn more about Bioengineering at the University of Missouri.