Research Centers

  • 210 Kottman Hall 2021 Coffey Road Columbus, Ohio 43210

    The Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (CMASC) at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio conducts research on the best methods for reducing atmospheric CO2 through sustainable land management practices. Simultaneously, CMASC investigates strategies to enhance food security, improve water use efficiency, and reduce poverty. The research team is led by Distinguished Professor Rattan Lal, research staff, PhD students, MSc students, affiliated universities and other collaborators and sponsors.

  • 110 Parker Food Science & Technology Building 2015 Fyffe Road Columbus, Ohio 43210

    The Center for Advanced Functional Food Research & Entrepreneurship (CAFFRE) mission is to serve as a catalyst for research and development of novel functional foods and components that will enhance health. CAFFRE is interdisciplinary in nature and is comprised of a diverse group of well known scientists, medical professionals, and policy experts that have experience working with industry partners.

  • 012 Rightmire Hall 1060 Carmack Road Columbus, Ohio 43210

    The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) supports interdisciplinary Scientific Teams that span the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to challenges in four main Strategic Areas: Photosynthesis and Carbon Fixation; Biomass and Bioproducts; Crop Improvement and Functional Foods; and Plant-Microbe Interactions.

  • 170 Bevis Hall 1080 Carmack Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43210

    The Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) is a research initiative that integrates academia and industry toward the development of renewable specialty chemicals, polymers/plastics and advanced materials. We have the resources to support and build clusters by collaborating with entities including: Industry; Researchers; Educators; and Government.

  • 670 Vernon L. Tharp Street Columbus, Ohio 43210

    The Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center's (OPGC) main building consists of approximately 8000 sq ft of workspace. This includes space for seed germination, testing, x-ray analysis of seeds, seed cleaning, and seed storage in a 30x30 ft walk-in cooler, as well as office space. In addition, a small area provides support for general laboratory work such as DNA extractions, tissue culture, sample preparation for microscopy, etc. The OPGC also has 10,000 sq ft of greenhouse space for plant culture and seed production, a field nursery, and a container and raised bed nursery.

  • 1345 Ferguson Drive Wooster, Ohio 44691 *Address not for postal use

    The Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR) Facility is a highly secure biocontainment building. It is required by federal law for conducting research with organisms that cause diseases in animals classified at biosafety level 3 (BSL-3 and/or BSL-3 Ag). It is also needed for working with plant diseases that could cause undue economic hardship on agriculture if released into the environment.

    PAAR will be the only facility in Ohio and one of only two nationally with capacity for both plant and animal research at the BSL-3 and BSL-3 Ag safety levels. Another three facilities nationwide have the BSL-3 Ag safety level designation for animal-related research only. The Ohio State University operates several BSL-3 labs on its Columbus campus, but PAAR will be the first BSL-3 facility on the Wooster campus and the university’s first BSL-3 Ag facility.

  • 1363 Gerlaugh Drive Wooster, Ohio 44691 *Address not for postal use
    Pounden Hall is a modest sized building of just over 8,000 sq. ft. of useable area. The building structure, core and mechanical systems have been fully renovated with funding assistance from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Pounden Hall offers flexible space--open office and work areas, individual offices and meeting spaces, and laboratory space--along with flexible arrangements for use and shared office infrastructure. It is an incubator-like environment, but not limited to start ups. Pounden Hall is BioHio's Phase I building focused on providing space for individuals and firms working with OARDC researchers and facilities, or those interested in doing so, and to provide space for start-up activity from within OSU/OARDC.
  • 409 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210

    The Soil, Water and Environmental Laboratory (SWEL) is a service laboratory within the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) providing research-quality data to OSU and other university researchers, students, and outside agencies. SWEL can expand your research capabilities in soil, water, plant, and other agricultural and environmental testing. We also offer training for students and researchers who wish to perform their own analyses in our facilities. 

  • 352 West Dodridge Street Columbus, Ohio 43210

    The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is a long-term, large-scale aquatic research facility located along the northern edge of The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. The 52-acre urban research site is situated adjacent to the Olentangy River and consists of two experimental wetland basins, an oxbow wetland, bottomland hardwood forest and a mesocosm compound. The Heffner Teaching and Research Building located on the site includes analytical and teaching laboratories, a wet laboratory, flexible classrooms, offices and meeting spaces.