|Dr. Ken Korth, associate professor in the department of plant pathology, examines plant research with his students in a Rosen Center greenhouse.|
The Rosen Alternative Pest Control Center was dedicated in 1996 to develop and implement effective, economical and environmentally responsible biological alternatives to chemical management of agricultural pest problems. Greenhouses, laboratories and classrooms in the center are used for basic and applied research and instruction in plant genetics, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, genomics and plant-pest interactions.
The Rosen Center’s facilities are used by scientists in the departments of plant pathology; crop, soil and environmental sciences; horticulture and entomology. Projects are conducted to provide new knowledge of how plants interact with disease organisms, insects, nematodes, weeds and environmental factors.
Center projects support traditional plant breeding with research on molecular tools to identify and exploit genetic sources of pest resistance. Research at the molecular and physiological levels reveals the basis of natural plant defense mechanisms, forming the foundation for future development of improved plant germplasm and crop management practices.
The Rosen Center is administered by the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. Research at the center goes hand in hand with projects conducted at the division’s research and extension centers and other field locations throughout the state. Research and extension centers and research stations are focal points for field evaluation of alternative pest control and management strategies and tactics, the development of system-wide integrated pest management programs and the dissemination of credible, timely and objective information and technology.
Stakeholders include growers, the agricultural research community, students, extension personnel, pest control industries, regulatory agencies, environmental interest groups and the general public within the state of Arkansas, the United States and throughout the world.
Funds for construction of the Rosen Center included a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state funds and private gifts.
Harry R. Rosen was a UA plant pathologist who was named Arkansas Man of the Year in Agriculture by Progressive Farmers magazine in 1953 for his role in developing disease-resistant and winter-hardy varieties of wheat and oats. A substantial gift for the project was made by Rosen’s daughter Miriam and her husband, Judge William Enfield, of Bentonville.