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Research at OAC

Sparking Innovation Since 1874

The Ontario Agricultural College is recognized around the world for its research expertise in the areas of agriculture, food, the environment and rural communities. 

The University of Guelph is one of the country's most research-intensive universities and has been ranked as one of Canada's top comprehensive research institutions. It is internationally regarded as a research leader, and our researchers work across the world.

Discover Our Research

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Research Areas

OAC researchers work across disciplines to solve the complex challenges facing food, agriculture, communities and the environment. Through purpose-driven work, OAC is improving the global agri-food systems.

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Research Chairs

OAC research chairs are faculty who have been globally recognized for their service and impact of their research programs.

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Institutes and Centres

Research centres and institutes are created to coordinate and advance interdisciplinary research and knowledge extension activities. The diversity of our research in OAC means many of our faculty are leaders and participants in these initiatives.

$49.7 million
in research funding
research stations and institutes across Ontario
Canada Research Chairs
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Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance with OMAFRA

OAC conducts research and field experimentation at stations across the province of Ontario. These research facilities are owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, and operated and managed by the University of Guelph through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance. Innovative research is continuously underway at these stations, and these facilities also provide graduate students with hands-on experience, as they complete their PhD and MSc studies.

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Graduate Student Research

Students in an OAC graduate program have the unique opportunity to work alongside global leaders in food, agriculture, communities and the environment to develop new insights and generate impact. Discover the research opportunities available to OAC graduate students.

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Why and How Podcast

The Why and How Podcast looks to answer big questions in agriculture, food, and the environment through casual conversations rooted in research. The podcast is published by the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) of the University of Guelph.