Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors


Rangeland Fragmentation

W1192 (2006-2012): This project has influenced the way public and private land management decisions are made by developing standardized tools for assessing the social, economic, and ecological aspects of rangeland fragmentation in the western U.S. Who cares and why? One of the most serious challenges facing the western U.S. is the loss of rangelands to … Read more

National Animal Genome Project

Who cares and why? Over the next 20 years, demand for meat and dairy products is expected to increase 40% to 50%. Animal agriculture must evolve quickly in order to  meet future production needs. Genomics—the study of an organism’s entire sequence of genes—is a driving force behind innovative agricultural technologies and practices. Using genome information … Read more

Improving the End-use Quality of Wheat

WERA-1009 (2007-2012): This project improved the quality of existing and new wheat varieties, giving   growers more profitable choices, helping U.S. wheat compete in domestic and international markets, and providing a  stable supply of high quality wheat products for industrial partners and consumers. Who cares and why? There are many varieties of wheat, each with unique … Read more

Management of Pesticide Resistance

WERA-060 (2007-2012): This multidisciplinary project continues to develop resources, tools, and methods  that significantly reduce the threat of pesticide resistance, thus helping to sustain the usefulness of important pest  management tools and strategies, reduce losses from pest damage, and protect public and environmental health. Who cares and why? Pesticides are important tools used in managing … Read more

Bioactive Dietary Chemicals

W-2122 (2006 – 2011): This project advanced our understanding of bioactive dietary chemicals that can be either beneficial or harmful to human health, thus identifying  ways to improve food safety, prevent common diseases, and ensure that consumers have a safe, healthy food supply. What has the project done so  far? Who cares and why? Bioactive … Read more

Potato Virus and Virus-Like Disease Management

WERA-089 (2006-2011): This project identified and characterized new potato disease problems; standardized testing methods for potato  viruses; shared information with the U.S. and Canadian potato industries; strengthened relationships with state certification programs; and developed cooperative strategies to obtain funding for potato virus and virus-like disease management. Who cares and why? Virus and virus-like diseases in … Read more

The Changing Landscape of Women in America

W-1167 (2006-2011): This project improved the understanding of work-family variables for female ranchers and farmers, female professionals, and female immigrants in the U.S.; gave these women resources and  strategies to help them balance work, family, and personal time; and provided information to human resource  departments, service providers, and corporate decision makers to help them develop … Read more

Virus and Virus-Like Diseases of Fruit Trees, Small Fruits, and Grapevines

WERA-020 (2006-2011): This project effectively fostered collaborations that led to significant advancements in virus and virus-like disease  management for perennial fruit crops that represent $18 million annually in U.S. production. Who cares and why? Diseases caused by viruses and virus-like organisms are serious threats to the tree fruit, berry, and grapevine industries in the U.S. … Read more

Stress Factors of Farm Animals and Their Effects on Performance

W-1173 (2006-2011):  This project has enhanced our understanding of stressors that impact domestic farm animal productivity; of factors that act as intermediaries to stress  responses; and of management practices that can relieve stress within the environment to enhance animal comfort and maintain a secure, productive, and low-cost food supply. Who cares and why? Environmental and … Read more