Plant, insect, and microbe systems

Arizona Insect Festival

During this free, single-day Festival each September, thousands of visitors engage in interactive exhibits and discover insect-based research and endeavors taking place at the UA and our broader community!

There will be plenty of booths and interactive attractions for children and adults alike.

More information is available through the Arizona Insect Festival website.

The Largest Field Scanalyzer in the World

We will need 70% more food by 2050. We have to meet this goal while at the same time increasing our protection of the environment. The Maricopa Agricultural Center is building this future by conducting precision agriculture research on a scale never seen before. As part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, this center is strategically placed to not only grow more with less in the deserts of Arizona, but lead the way forward for all drought- and heat wave-threatened regions around the world.

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


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