Auburn University releasing new ‘Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems’ book during Research Week

Auburn Speaks book coverAUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University will release its new book, “Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems,” during the university’s third annual Research Week. A panel discussion with the editors, writers and researchers is set for April 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

“The book traces the university’s exceptional food-related research across many disciplines,” said John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research and economic development. “Each year we select a topic that captures Auburn’s land-grant role in addressing the increasingly complex issues facing our state, nation and world.”

“Auburn Speaks: On Food Systems” is the third book in the Auburn Speaks series, following previous editions that covered the university’s research pertaining to “The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010” and “Water.”

This year faculty members penned articles or were interviewed on their food-related research in areas such as nutrition, engineering, economics, marketing, horticulture, poultry science, veterinary medicine, fisheries and many others.

“It is a visually engaging publication that offers readers insight into just how complicated the modern food system is and into the types of research and outreach that are happening from farm to fork, pond to plate,” said guest issue editor Patricia Curtis, director of the Auburn University Food Systems Institute, who worked with managing editors Jay Lamar and Jacque Kochak and faculty to develop the articles.

Examples of articles include “Fruits of Labor” about identifying ways to enhance fruit production in the Southeast;  “Beekeeping in Kenya” which describes how Auburn researchers are using bees to help Kenya with nutrition, income and river protection; and “The Promise of Probiotics” about innovative ways that Auburn experts are fighting foodborne infections.

Articles also cover food processing, packaging, yield, delivery and economics, as well as the sustainability and growth of poultry, beef, seafood and food crops.

“We present research results that provide information to food industries, governmental policymakers and humanitarian organizations,” Curtis said.

Auburn Speaks is produced jointly by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Office of University Writing and the Office of the Provost. More information is available on the Auburn Speaks website at and on the Facebook page at

Auburn’s Research Week is set for April 14-17 with a focus on food systems, safety and security, as well as many other disciplines. The talks and presentations are free to the public. More information is available on the Research Week website at

(Written by Charles Martin)

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