Agricultural Experiment Station

The Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) is a Statewide, multi-campus organized research unit of the University's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR), which conducts basic and applied research in agriculture and natural resources. Since its establishment in 1878, the AES has maintained a mission-oriented focus as defined by several important pieces of Federal legislation for experiment stations nationwide. The mission of California's AES is encompassed in three major goals:

  • To develop knowledge that will ensure a continuing supply of nutritious foods, useful fibers, and natural resources products in adequate amounts at low cost without adverse effects on the physical environment or consumer.
  • To develop knowledge that will ensure a physical environment of high quality by enabling its users more wisely to manage and enjoy their natural resource endowments.
  • To develop knowledge that will contribute to the improvement of the public health and economic and social surroundings.

The AES is administered centrally by the Vice President, DANR, and at the campus level by Associate Directors who are also the Deans of the colleges of agricultural sciences and natural resources on the Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside campuses. Within these colleges, most faculty hold joint appointments, part in the Experiment Station and part in campus teaching positions. Typically, about two-thirds of a faculty member's appointment is devoted to research in the Experiment Station. Over 750 researchers systemwide hold AES appointments and conduct approximately 1,300 research projects annually in agricultural production; crop and animal protection; product improvement and marketing; consumer, nutritional, and public health concerns; forestry and wildlife conservation; environmental enhancement; and community and economic development.

The AES maintains research facilities and field areas throughout the State and sponsors a number of systemwide programs, including the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, the Wildland Resources Center, the Mosquito Control Research Program, the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, the Integrated Pest Management Project, and the Slosson Endowment Fund for the advancement of horticulture.

Further information about the AES, its activities and programs, or opportunities for non-AES faculty can be obtained from: Director, Agricultural Experiment Station, Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources within the Office of the President, Oakland.