RESEARCH IN OUR COLLEGE
OAs stated in the College mission, we are committed to the development of scientific and technological research.
The College of Agricultural Sciences is organized in 6 disciplinary Departments: Basic – Instrumental, Biology, Plant Production, Animal Production, Land Science and Technology, and Socioeconomic. Each Department includes a variable number of subjects and research teams. Researchers are members of the Faculty (Professor/Teacher-Researchers), the Scientific Research Career of UNR (CIUNR) and the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Fellows, graduate and undergraduate students also participate in the development of the research projects. Many of the researchers participate in the Incentives Program from the National Ministry of Education.
Our institution encourages researchers to develop interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects to improve the allocation of human and infrastructure resources and promote the interaction of professionals, students and graduates. We also support research projects by seeking funding sources for their development. Our College works jointly with other institutions such as INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology), other Colleges, private companies, and farmers’ associations, not only for developing research and technology transfer activities, but also for offering technical services related to the areas in our academic unit.
In addition to training human resources, we work to shore up growth in the research area by seeking funding from different sources (ANPCyT, CONICET, FOMEC, Municipality, Ministry of Production, Science and Technology of the Santa Fe Province, among others); and, whenever necessary, the College covers the extra costs incurred in the projects.
Two institutions linked to our College contribute to finance the research projects. The College’s Nonprofit Fundraising Organization (“Asociación Cooperadora de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias”) covers the costs of projects requiring land plots in the Experimental Field for carrying out field assays, always following a rationale of proper land allocation and observing environmental safety principles. The College of Agricultural Sciences Foundation (“Fundación Ciencias Agrarias”), registered as a Technology Link Unit, helps establish links between research teams and the production sector and promotes interinstitutional agreements for meeting specific needs, and also manages the projects whenever necessary. The Foundation also offers an annual grant to finance one or two research projects from the College.
About 80% of the projects conducted in our College are applied research projects, 15% are basic research and 5% are aimed at technological development.
The projects cover a wide range of topics, from the study of specific agricultural problems, socio-economic studies, management of animal production systems (cattle, pigs and sheep) and plant production systems (grasslands, forages, cereal crops, oilseed crops, fruit, vegetables, etc.), soil management and conservation, techniques for the genetic improvement of crops, plant physiology studies, analysis of the impact of climate conditions on production, crop health, safety and risks in rural work, market and commercialization studies, and survey studies and identification of native or spontaneous plant species for characterizing plant communities and studying the biology and reproductive behaviour of some species. Some projects have our educational community as their object of study, assessing the teaching techniques used in our classrooms.
Another institutional effort is the edition of the College’s Research Bulletin (“Revista de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias UNR”), where reviews and original papers communicating scientific works of regional relevance are published.