Southern Regional Research Center
1100 Robert E. Lee Boulevard
New Orleans LA 70124-4305
The Southern Regional Research Center conducts national and international research on post-harvest processing, product enhancement, safety, and use of agricultural commodities, utilizing a multi-disciplinary team of scientists in six research units. Center programs align with Food Safety, Global Food Security, Climate Change, Biofuels, and Health/Nutrition priorities, as well as general Agricultural Sustainability needs to decrease our dependence on fossil fuel. General research objectives include achieving maximum use of agricultural products for domestic markets and export, developing new uses and processes for farm products and the means for promoting optimum human health and well-being through improved nutrition, and promoting product safety and quality. The Center conducts a major effort to measure and improve upon the quality of products made from natural fibers, the main thrust being cotton, to provide a marketing advantage to the domestic cotton farmers and textile manufacturers in the global market. Research also extends to developing new processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of food-processing systems and reduction of processing costs; enhancing the quality and nutritional value of food products; developing efficient processing and quality in sugar for food and bioenergy production; prevention of food allergies, off-flavors in fish, and contamination of agricultural products by fungal toxins which may be affected by climate change and which affect food safety and global food security; evaluation and study of by-products of agricultural commodities and animals; and, application of recent advancements in biotechnology to promote use of agricultural commodities.