A World with Abundant Food

Imagine...A World with Abundant Food

The College of ACES influences the world’s systems for growing and distributing food in many ways. From innovations in plant and animal production to safe, nutritious, economical meals for consumers, ACES is tackling hunger, the most basic of human needs.

Our scientists, educators, and students reach around the globe to understand and address poverty and food security for populations at risk. They also add value to food here at home through solutions that work. Discoveries made in ACES lead to new traits in the world’s most important food crops and animal species. Innovative strategies protect food supplies from pests, diseases, and other losses.

Scientists are also discovering ways to customize nutritional approaches to meet individual needs. Professors in economic and business disciplines delve deep into the workings of prices, market structures, and public policies. Other faculty investigate how families make decisions about food and how to encourage the development of healthy children.

Knowledge is increased and lessons are learned all over the world by students, partners and clientele of ACES, leading to new solutions for problems like food security and poverty, while creating value for people through food system innovations.

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Highlighted Research

Understanding genetic wiring
Dr. Stephen Moose
Many traits important to crop production depend on differences in genomes. The Moose laboratory views genomes like a string of Christmas lights, where genes are represented by bulbs of different colors and blinking patterns, whose activity is controlled by the wires that all look similar on the outside. New advances in DNA sequencing allow scientists to understand regulatory variation (the wiring) in much greater detail, which helps identify the most efficient strategies to achieve future genetic improvements.


Margaret Norton

HORT 105, Vegetable Gardening, covers all aspects that a beginner needs to start a vegetable garden. The students learn how to choose a site, how to recognize good soil and amend poor soil to make it better, when to plant, what to plant, how to keep plants healthy, and how to preserve the harvest.

“I hope students will plant vegetables and become enthusiastic gardeners,” says Margaret