CAHNRS faculty conduct a breadth and depth of research on food safety, security, and production.
Ensuring a secure supply of safe food, both globally and regionally, is central to WSU’s land grant mission. Plant and animal diseases cause a significant security risk, and the evolution of new pathogenic strains causes uncertainty. WSU provides a unique environment to support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and entrepreneurial opportunities across the full range of food production and handling.
We aim to leverage resources from the government, universities, and the food industry to bridge knowledge gaps and reduce technical and regulatory hurdles for food companies, particularly small and medium sized companies.
We conduct activities to promote advances in imaging, machine learning, and robotic technology for the development of automated processes in our most labor-intensive agricultural systems like tree fruit and wine grape
With funding from the USDA and commodity groups, we work closely with fruit tree, grape, and hop industries to propagate, maintain and distribute virus-tested fruit trees, grapevines, and hop plants from our facilities at WSU.