MAES – Serving the state of Montana’s agricultural and natural resource industries
by providing meaningful and applied agriculture research since 1893.
What we do
Through a network of seven Research Centers plus facilities and scientists at the
MSU central campus in Bozeman, we conduct basic and applied research problems that
address Montana’s agricultural and natural resource economies. MAES research spans
the depth and breadth of animal health, animal science, agronomy, horticulture, range
sciences, agricultural economics, plant sciences and natural resource and pest management.
We are the research and development agency for more than 28,000 Montana farmers and
How we do it
MAES research accomplishments and results embody modern-day achievements spanning
124 years of honoring the legacy and commitment within the Land-grant tradition. It
also allows us to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and
to connect Montanans with the global community through science, discovery, and outreach.
Regents Professor John Priscu contributed to research that showed that even abrupt, short-lived climate events can cause long-term changes in polar regions over several years and change the trajectory of an ecosystem.
Ed Schmidt published the research in the journal Cell Reports. The new findings build on Schmidt’s discovery of a backup system in mammals that sustains the liver during a crisis and may explain how cancerous tumors persist after treatment.
MSU doctoral graduate Alex Michaud is lead author of a paper that reveals that sediments from a lake beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet contain large amounts of methane. Michaud studied under Regents Professor John Priscu, a renowned polar scientist.
A $300,000 three-year National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant will allow MSU, CSU, regional maltsters, brewers and barley growers to investigate barley lines adapted for dryland agriculture and include flavor profiles for craft brewing industry.
A global team of researchers, including Hikmet Budak, Montana State University Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair, has published the first-ever wild emmer wheat genome sequence in Science magazine.