The Oklahoma State University Institute for Agricultural Biosciences (OSU-IAB) research
initiative enables OSU to more effectively assist producers through the development
of new or improved crops and crop production systems.
To optimize opportunities for collaboration with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
, Ardmore, Oklahoma was chosen for the institute’s location. Research at the 33,000-square-foot
facility focuses on basic and applied aspects of crop improvement through molecular
biology, genetics, plant breeding and crop management. In addition to research laboratories
and plant growth facilities, the IAB includes an auditorium and conference rooms equipped
with state-of-the-art telecommunications systems for worldwide conferencing and distance
The IAB became operational in August 2011, with research laboratories of professors
Randy Allen and Million Tadege occupying the south wing of the facility. Program support
leader Dr. Todd Baughman joined the OSU-IAB in October 2011.