Recent CALS Spotlights

  • The University of Arizona has created a Web page to assist members of the media in their coverage of the Zika virus. Images, video and more can be found at:

  • An effort to teach potential farmers in Arizona how to sustain an easy-to-grow, nutritious and lucrative crop is mushrooming.

  • A new turfgrass is being tested that would retain its color longer — and potentially keep courses from having to perform costly overseeding procedures in the fall, enhancing their bottom line.

  • The National Science Foundation-funded project expands its data management capabilities across several scientific disciplines.

  • Kids love bugs. They're tiny, which makes them easy to interact with, and they behave so differently from bigger creatures in the world around them.

    Observing insects is one of the ways many children begin to express their curiosity about the world at large.

  • From Budweiser’s Christmastime Clydesdale commercials to in-store holiday carols, nostalgia is everywhere at this time of the year, especially when it comes to advertising, marketing and retail sales.

    But how and why does nostalgia influence consumer choices, behavior and (ultimately) spending, especially during the holiday season?

  • 2015 was another newsworthy year here in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Let's take a look back at the 10 stories last year that created the most buzz.

    Soybeans Bred With Lower Allergen Content
    A new type of soybean with low allergen content and better nutritional properties has been conventionally bred by scientists from the Universities of Arizona and Illinois.

    In the United States, nearly 15 million people and 1 in 13 children suffer from food allergy, and soybeans contain several allergenic and anti-nutritional proteins that affect soybean use as food and animal feed...

  • The wood in the monumental "great houses" built in Chaco Canyon by ancient Puebloans came from two different mountain ranges, according to new research from the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

    The UA scientists are the first to report that before 1020, most of the wood came from the Zuni Mountains about 50 miles to the south. The species of tree used in the buildings did not grow nearby, so the trees must have been transported from distant mountain ranges.

  • The UA's Garden Kitchen is a "seed to table" program that teaches community members how to grow, buy, properly store and cook nutritious, low-cost food.

  • The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has restructured the responsibilities of its management and leadership team in Yuma to place a greater emphasis on economic development.

    Kurt Nolte becomes the director of economic development for the Yuma CALS. He will retain his position as director of Yuma County Cooperative Extension.