Plant, insect, and microbe systems

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View the CALS Lunar Greenhouse Environment Live at the South Pole on September 6

The UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences conducts programs with long traditions in assuring that the region—and indeed the world—has food and fiber of both quantity and quality. Perhaps lesser known are the College's research and development efforts in designing and evaluating bioregenerative systems that can support life in extreme environments on earth, the moon and Mars.

UA, Whitehead Institute Startup to Discover New Drugs for Neurodegenerative Disease

Tucson, Ariz. – It is estimated that neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease) affect over 55 million people worldwide.

 As of today, there are no approved disease-modifying therapies available, but to develop treatments for these diseases, Yumanity Therapeutics, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has licensed a prodrug and its analogues invented at the University of Arizona

What bug can give even an entomologist the creeps?

Peter Warren spends much of his day answering serious questions about insects and horticulture for the Pima County Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona.

Questions such as:

"How do I keep kissing bugs out of my house?"

"How often should I water my new Meyer lemon tree?"

And, "What the heck is this bug and how do I kill it?"

So, we decided to ask him a few not-so-serious questions about his job and what makes him tick.

What do you like most about your job?

Waging the War on Weeds

Invasive and noxious weeds in Arizona are more than just pesky plants – they are downright destructive.

"We've got all the really nasty weeds in Arizona," said Larry Howery, noxious weeds/range management specialist with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension. "Everybody should be concerned. The economic and ecological impacts are tremendous."

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