The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has developed a series of online tours featuring many of the college’s research contributions to the agricultural and life-sciences industries in Wisconsin and beyond.

Russell Laboratories

1630 Linden Drive, Madison

Russell Laboratories, built in 1962, houses the entomology, plant-pathology, and forest- and wildlife-ecology departments. The facility was expanded in 1990 to provide space for the latter, which at the time existed as two departments – forest-ecology and management, and wildlife ecology.

Aldo Leopold became the first professor in the world whose position was dedicated to the new field of wildlife management. That was in 1933. Five years later UW-Madison created the field’s first academic department for him. Leopold’s 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” introduced the land ethic, which became the moral imperative for the modern environmental movement. Today’s department of forest and wildlife ecology expands on Leopold’s work.

The UW-Madison Department of Entomology features a collection of 2.7 million insects, mainly from the Great Lakes region. The plant-pathology houses the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, which diagnoses diseases and disorders of plant samples submitted by clients. The department’s research program has led to Dutch Elm-resistant elms – such as Sapporo Autumn Gold – that have been planted on the grounds of England’s Windsor Castle. The research program also has developed disease-resistant vegetables such as the Wisconsin 55 tomato, which is resistant to early blight and leaf spot. Harry Russell was UW-Madison’s first bacteriologist and later became the dean of its college of agriculture and life sciences. Visit www.entomology.wisc.edu or www.plantpath.wisc.edu or www.forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu for more information.

Visit www.youtube.com and search for CPahWbKdiO8 to watch a video of historical plaques at the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Visit cals.wisc.edu/about-cals/history/tours for more information.

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