Founded in 1863, Kansas State University is the nation's first operational land-grant university, and a leader in animal health, plant science and food safety research. Our innovation and discoveries in these sectors — among other nonfood-related disciplines — will position Kansas State University to be named a Top 50 public research university by 2025.
We recognize that research and innovation are essential in solving emerging food challenges.
By building on our more than 150-year land-grant heritage, our robust expertise throughout the food value chain, our unique research facilities, and our talent and intellectual property pipelines, we believe Kansas State University is positioned as one of the world's leading research universities in global food systems and a preferred public and private resource to meet this future demand.
A brief selection of food-related successes
A licensed patent for resistant starch technology that increases fiber content by lowering digestible carbohydrates in foods like pastas, breads, crackers and chips.
A patented combination of molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, forms a sweet tasting substance for cattle, bulls and other livestock. When ingested, the substance improves the animal's health, growth and reproductive functions.
- Licensed and patented material that can coat vitamins so that they can carry through multiple stomaches of a cattle in order to better improve animal health.
- A patented and licensed vitamin that contains prevalent strains of rotavirus and coronavirus that helps protect neonatal calves against scours.
- "Tiger" wheat, a hard white winter wheat with adaptation to dry-land production and with high yield potential in western Kansas. It has good disease and insect resistance, including resistance to the Hessian fly, and has exhibited superior bread baking and noodle qualities. Tiger wheat was issued a plant variety protection certificate.
- In addition to Tiger wheat, Kansas State University developed 15 wheat varieties that were grown in Kansas' more than 9.4 million acres of wheat fields in 2014.
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