NJAES Centers and Institutes
The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is headquartered on Rutgers New Brunswick Campus and has provided innovative teaching, research, and outreach programs since 1880. With offices in all 21 New Jersey counties, NJAES serves to identify emerging economic issues, nurture solutions to these issues, and build the community’s capacity to transform demonstration into implementation.
The NJAES houses a multitude of on-campus and off-campus centers and institutes that focus on a variety of scientific and policy areas. A complete list of NJAES centers and institutes is as follows:
On-Campus Centers and Institutes
The Center for Deep-Sea Ecology and Biotechnology (CDSEB), which resides within the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS), provides an organizational structure for facilitating and integrating deep-sea ecological and biotechnological research at Rutgers, as well as in the scientific community at large. CDSEB has an active, ongoing program of molecular genetic analyses of deep-sea and other marine organisms and houses the world's largest collection of ultra-low frozen organisms from deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold-water sulfide methane seeps.
CRSSA provides students, faculty, staff, and other researchers with state-of-the-art facilities for remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) teaching and research. It has an active research and development program advancing the application of geospatial technologies to land use planning, natural resource management, agriculture, and the environment.
The Center for Turfgrass Science generates and disseminates knowledge, training, and education in the turfgrass sciences by fostering nationally recognized multidisciplinary research; undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education; and service programs that support the turfgrass industry.
Since 1963, the IR-4 Project has been the major resource for supplying pest management tools for specialty crop growers by developing research data to support new EPA tolerances and labeled product uses.
The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute is a federally funded program of research, training and information transfer concerning all aspects of fresh and estuarine water in the state.
The WRRI provides information on water research in New Jersey; watershed and water monitoring initiatives; newsletters, books and articles about water; water events and conferences; links to water organizations, real-time data, and government agencies; and information about water courses at Rutgers University.
The Center for Vector Biology (CVB) has been established to provide research and information for the citizens of New Jersey about insects and the diseases they carry and transmit. The Center interprets and disseminates data collected by county agencies for surveillance of mosquito vectors and their infection rates for Eastern Equine and West Nile viruses. Regional population trends for mosquitoes are also reported on a weekly basis.
Through education, research, and outreach, the Equine Science Center was established to identify problems in the horse industry; find solutions by means of science-based inquiry; offer the solutions to the horse industry and to horse owners; and influence public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry.
The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health is building on Rutgers' extensive and pioneering work in the fields of agriculture, food science, nutrition science, and human health. The institute, one of the primary initiatives of the university, focuses on society's pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer, and obesity.
Off-Campus Centers and Institutes
The Snyder Research and Extension Farm near Pittstown (Hunterdon County) is Rutgers' center for sustainable agriculture. Snyder Farm initiates and disseminates research applicable to the production of a variety of food and fiber products, including grain crops, tree and small fruits, turfgrass, and ornamentals. The farm's 390 acres provide a valuable capacity to research soil and climate conditions and crops of northern New Jersey.
Food Innovation Center - North
The Food Innovation Center - North is a 31,000-ft. facility operated under constant USDA inspection and is a FDA licensed canning facility. We conduct development, scale up, and short-production runs at our flexible facility.
Food Innovation Center - South
The mission of the Food Innovation Center - South is to provide research, education, outreach, and business development services to New Jersey's agricultural and food industries.
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
Location: Port Norris
The Haskin Research Laboratory (Cumberland County) generates and disseminates research information directly applicable to all aspects of marine and estuarine science. It concentrates on species that are commercially important to New Jersey.
New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center
Location: Cape May
The NJAIC provides unique training opportunities, serves as a business incubator, and assists in aquatic restoration efforts. The NJAIC is also a critical component in the revitalization of the oyster industry in Delaware Bay and other east coast bays. Expanded production of Rutgers developed and patented disease-resistant oysters is supported by the NJAIC, thus restoring jobs and recapturing markets once served by this south Jersey industry.
Marine Field Station
At the Marine Field Station at Tuckerton, current activity by resident scientists is focused on the life history and ecology of fishes with special emphasis on the role of habitat as it affects recruitment success for the dominant species in the estuary and on the continental shelf. Much of the emphasis is on the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) at Mullica River-Great Bay.
Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension
The Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Chatsworth (Burlington County) develops and distributes research to ensure the continued production of high-quality blueberries and cranberries. The center develops new cultivars for industry and is researching how to minimize the use of pesticides in the culture of these crops.
Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Location: Upper Deerfield
The Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Upper Deerfield (Cumberland County) generates and dispenses research applicable to the production of high-quality vegetable crops, ornamentals, field crops, and tree and small fruits, with special emphasis on crop protection and integrated pest management. The center stimulates the production of crops with maximum benefit to the New Jersey economy and minimum risk to the environment.
The Rutgers EcoComplex is dedicated to moving science from the lab to real-world applications in our state's businesses and industries, and to promoting New Jersey as a center for clean energy innovation and enterprises. The center is a partnership with the Burlington County Board of Freeholders.
Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center
Location: Cream Ridge
The Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center in Cream Ridge (Monmouth County) conducts and disperses research applicable to the production of high-quality tree and small fruits, including apples, peaches, apricots, nectarines, brambles, strawberries, and ornamental nursery crops. The center increases production efficiency and protects fruit crops against environmental and biological hazards, while decreasing production costs and pesticide use.
Rutgers Plant Science Research and Extension Farm
The Rutgers Plant Science Research and Extension Farm in Adelphia (Monmouth County) supports research and extension programs advancing fine and athletic field turf directly applicable to turf and agronomic crops and to plant and soil interaction. The center's research is used in solving problems relating to the production of food, feed, or fiber and problems relating to environmental or aesthetic quality.