Launched in 1973, the Almond Board of California has invested in independent scientific research, in the U.S. and internationally, to support continued innovation and improvement in how almonds are grown and consumed. In the initial years, research focused on almond production but has since expanded to four distinct research areas:
- Production: including horticulture, pest and disease management, irrigation, soil health, tree nutrient management, harvesting, biomass utilization and pollination and bee health.
- Environment: from water quality and sustainable supply management, to air quality, carbon footprint, and soil health.
- Human nutrition: since 1995 ABC has invested in sound science to better understand the human health effects of almonds, in particular on heart health, diabetes, and weight management. This includes research projects in the U.S. and internationally.
- Quality & Food Safety: optimization of almond quality while addressing prevalence and management of food pathogen risks.
These programs help California almond farmers and processors provide almond lovers around the world with a safe, wholesome and sustainable product.
The Almond Board encourages publication of sponsored research to ensure independence and peer review with over 170 scientific publications in the areas of nutrition and well over 1000 agricultural publications. Growers can learn about new innovations through the Almond Board’s communication and outreach, our partnerships with USDA with California’s outstanding network of cooperative extension and farm advisors, and efforts by other industry members.