Recent CALS Spotlights

  • With a group of fertilizers known as chelates, zinc levels can be managed in pecan trees — and that's good news for Arizona growers.

  • The $5.5 million facility, built by Pima County, will bring together industry, government and academia for the development of new technologies.

  • A global network of scientists has elected three University of Arizona faculty members American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, a distinction awarded to those who are advancing science in ways that are considered scientifically or socially distinguished.

    Dozens of UA faculty members have been named fellows of AAAS, the largest general scientific society in the world. 

    Judith K. Brown, a plant sciences and BIO 5 Institute professor, was cited for "for pioneering international work on emergent plant viruses, and for distinguished contributions to research on plant-pathogen-vector interactions including functional genomics of vector-mediated pathogen transmission."

  • The documentary "Earthlight" follows the success of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center lunar greenhouse team in constructing a closed system that recycles all air and water and produces food that astronauts will need for extended missions to the moon and Mars.

  • Sharing Tribes promotes lending and borrowing over buying. It involves "taking the science of retailing and applying it to the practice of sharing," Anita Bhappu says.

  • With the help of the UA-based iPlant Collaborative, students in a revolutionary, two-university "ecoinformatics" course dug through unused open-access data to discover how variations in soil composition influence microbial life.

  • The new center will include a law clinic staffed by students from two UA colleges who will work directly with ranchers, farmers, miners and others.

    The Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center — the first of its kind in the nation — has been launched at the University of Arizona to address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, miners and others whose business involves the use of natural resources.

  • The setting sun plunges the Tucson Mountains into silhouette and casts a golden glow on the fields and stables of the University of Arizona Equine Center. UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student Nicole Chapman is just starting her shift caring for the thoroughbreds and quarter horses that are used in classes such as horsemanship, equitation workshop, and weanling and yearling management.

  • As principal investigator of the UA-headquartered iPlant Collaborative, he is working to expand the capabilities and impact of the $100 million computational infrastructure platform.

    Not every research or technology project can boast that its director also heads up national initiatives in life sciences and biotechnology. The University of Arizona's Parker Antin is a unique case.

    Antin leads the iPlant Collaborative, the UA-headquartered computational infrastructure project that is the National Science Foundation's premier data management service.

  • Can humans grow food on Mars in the same way that Matt Damon’s character did in the popular new movie “The Martian”?

    University of Arizona scientists say yes, but not necessarily in the fashion that the hero of the story, Mark Watney, did. Researchers at the UA have been working for years on ways to make a habitat on Mars a reality.

    Gene Giacomelli, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the UA, does research which focuses on making fruits and vegetables in greenhouses, including ones that simulate environments that can be found on the moon and Mars. According to him, it would be possible to make enough food on Mars for about half of the daily calories you would need. The rest would have to be brought in, such as cornmeal, flour or rice.