Oklahoma Agricultural Biotechnology
The Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) welcomes you to our agricultural biotechnology site.
Biotechnology is a very broad term, and there are a wide array of biotechnologies with different techniques and applications. The Convention of Biological Diversity defines biotechnology as:
"Any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use."
Scientists across DASNR are working with cutting-edge biotechnology in a variety of fields. Their common goal is to serve Oklahoma State's land-grant mission to better the lives of Oklahomans and those around the world through research, extension and teaching.
This site highlights our outstanding faculty and their work in the field of biotechnology. It also serves to educate visitors about our state of the art research facilities, biotechnology curriculum at the university and educational opportunities for the public. Here are just a few ways our scientists are making an impact through biotechnology.
Biotechnology in Action
Dr. Jason Lusk, agricultural economics, works with animal research scientists in determining the economic value of selecting and marketing cattle using the Leptin genotype.
Dr. Glenn Zhang, animal science, is conducting research to devise more effective disease resistance management strategies to protect livestock and humans by focusing on identifying molecular mechanisms that pathogens use to recognize host defense systems.
Dr. Randy Allen, biochemistry & molecular biology, is currently conducting research focused on the modification of cotton fiber characteristics using molecular genetic and transgenic technologies.
Dr. Yu (Jessie) Mao, biosystems & agricultural engineering, is currently conducting research focused on the use of nanostructures and fabrication of nanobiosensors for pathogen detection.
Dr. Carol Bender, entomology & plant pathology, is conducting research on a plant pathogen that produces a phytotoxin, coronatine, that has commercial application as an abscission aid in fruit tree management.
Dr. Charles Tauer, natural resource ecology & management, is conducting research aimed at more efficiently breeding trees for forest products by utilizing molecular markers and plant gene transformation.
Dr. Yanqi Wu, plant & soil sciences, is conducting research focused on developing improved grasses for turf, biofuels and forage, based on genomic factors leading to improved plant traits.