Engine of Discovery

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is an engine of scientific discovery fueled by talented researchers and students. CALS researchers collaborate across disciplines and partner with communities, industry, nonprofit groups and others to discover solutions for the complex problems facing society. The majority of this work takes place in the following areas: sustainable agriculture; environmental conservation and climate resilience; bioenergy and bioproducts; basic life sciences and human health; rural development and community resilience.

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Research Areas

Environmental Conservation and Climate Resilience

Addressing biodiversity loss and climate change impacts and promoting sustainable land and water management practices to safeguard agricultural ecosystems.

Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Exploring renewable energy sources and bioproducts derived from agricultural and biological resources, aiming to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and promote a sustainable economy.

Basic Life Sciences and Human Health

Investigating fundamental biological mechanisms related to human health, including cell function, nutrition, disease pathways and medical applications.

Research Stats


Nobel Prize winners among faculty and alumni


awarded to CALS researchers
in 2023


invention disclosures filed by CALS personnel in 2022


Health through
life sciences

A combine harvests a field of industrial hemp at Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

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