The Research Directorate is situated within the Crops Research Laboratory (CRL) compound along the Batac-Paoay road, about 500 meters southwest of the MMSU FEM-Hall (Administration Building) and about 2.0 km away from the City proper of Batac. Within the CRL compound are the Office of the Director of Research, researchers' offices, laboratories and other research support facilities, i.e. One-Stop - Information Shop (training/meeting hall), barn (stock rooms), bamboo craft center, seed bank, bioethanol production area, among others. The CRL also houses the offices of the Ilocos Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILAARRDEC) where MMSU is the base agency, University Center for Gender and Development (UCGAD), Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Tuklas Lunas Development Center, and Higher Education Regional Research Center (HERRC), Center for Climate-Resilient Agriculture (CCRA).
On-station experiments in the agriculture and allied disciplines are conducted in the research experimental station located in the main campus representing a rainfed lowland environment with a total area of 202 ha. Likewise, field experiments for legumes are also conducted at the 7.6 ha MMSU Experimental Farm in Dingras campus, Dingras, Ilocos Norte. On-station experiments in fisheries, on the otherhand, are conducted at the MMSU campus in Currimao, Ilocos Norte while livestock researches are set-up in the 1.6 ha livestock area at Nagbacsan. Forestry and agroforestry researches are set-up at the Forest Reserve Areas in Lubbot and Payao, City of Batac covering a total of 1068.13 hectares.
Within the Batac Experimental Area is the Agro-meteorological Station which is jointly managed by the PAGASA-Department of Science and Technology and MMSU. The station provides weather data to university researchers as well as students and other stakeholders.
A Science and Technology Park is being established at the southern portion of the MMSU-College of Agriculture, Foods and Sustainable Development. The park will provide the following services: R&D on marketing and food product development, Technical, laboratory equipment & facilities, training, market outlet and related services, and as a venue for start-up businesses. Apart from the infrastructure establishment, the project will facilitate the acquisition of food processing facilities and equipment as well as laboratory support facilities, develop procedures and protocols for the development of food products and quality enhancement of existing products, and provision of technical expertise which the project staff possesses and acquired through the process.
The priority concern of the tissue culture laboratory of the university is to conduct researches on high-value crops which could be instrumental in uplifting the economic conditions of farmers not only in the Ilocos, but also in nearby provinces.
It aims to: a) rapidly propagate disease-free planting materials of high-value crops in order to cater to the needs of farmer clientele in the Ilocos Region and b) periodically produce a large number of plants that are genotypically the same as the mother/stock plants.
The tissue culture laboratory is principally intended for the R&D program on micropropagation technique, mass propagation of disease-free germplasm of high-value crops such as garlic, and for the rapid multiplication of slow-growing crops such as orchids. Further, this is also used for instructional purposes.
This laboratory is located beside the College of Agriculture, Food and Sustainable Development.
The facility is located at North Wing of the College of Arts and Sciences. It houses basic and state-of-the-art facilities in Microbiology and Biotechnology as well as a Mini Culture Collection. It caters to microbiological and biotechnological activities related to instruction, research, extension and production.
The Agricultural Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) functions as a research and teaching laboratory of the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the College of Engineering of the University. There are various laboratory equipment in the laboratory for the determination of the different parameters in postharvest technology for various agricultural commodities. The equipment in the laboratory include grains processing and handling, postharvest horticulture research and development as well as facilities for products development and evaluation. Packaging equipment are also present in the laboratory. The equipment in the laboratory include high temperature measurements equipment, various kinds of rice reduction apparatus, vacuum packaging, spectrophotometer, heaters, rotary evaporators, juice extraction equipment, drying equipment and moisture content determination. The laboratory has fermentation and distillation facilities for various applications.
The laboratory was established with funding support from the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology and the National Economic and Development Authority.
The Ceramic Manufacturing Plant and Laboratory is a teaching and research laboratory in support to the development of the ceramic industry of the country. It is managed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the College of Engineering of the University. The facilities in the laboratory include clay materials processing to include crushers, pulverizers, extruders and shakers. Ceramic forming equipment like potter's wheel, jiggering machines are also present. Clay purification set ups are also available in the laboratory. Ceramic Drying and Firing facilities are available at the laboratory. Rock preparation for mineralogical analysis can be found in the laboratory.
The laboratory was established with funding support from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Science and Technology.
The Crops Research Laboratory which houses the Research Directorate of the University serves the research endeavors of faculty and full-time researchers and students of the different colleges of the university as well as the member agencies of ILAARRDEC. Within the CRL building are four laboratories - Analytical, Entomology, Pathology and Soil, Plant and Water Testing Laboratory.
The Center is established under the initiative of TEMASEK Foundation, the Commission on Higher Education and the Mariano Marcos State University. It acts as a venue for educational development of teachers. It strengthens the knowledge, capabilities and competencies of faculty members of ECE, ME, EE and CpE of the College of Engineering. It tries to demonstrate the industrial importance of Mechatronics to faculty members, students, professionals and other clienteles. It is located at the College of Engineering, City of Batac.