The award recipients represent a range of disciplines, including engineering, linguistics and anthropology.
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.
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.
Four scientists from Tunisia and Morocco recently completed a month-long training program in the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows. As a result, two new memoranda of agreement are now in review by officials in their home countries: between the UA and Tunisia's National Institute of Field Crops and National Institute of Agronomy; and between the UA and Morocco's National Institute of Agronomic Research.
The University of Arizona again served as Official Knowledge Partner to the 2015 Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this spring. With 102 countries represented at the Forum - launched just a year ago - the GFIA has become one of the world's most influential global platforms for scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to present and explore innovations toward sustainable agriculture and food security.
Food, clean water and energy – our planet is challenged to meet these basic needs, especially in the harshest environments.
To help solve these global problems, faculty members from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are teaming up with partners at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, or KAUST, on the Red Sea Coast, north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Gardening throughout America has shown a steady increase in recent years.
There are many reasons for gardening's renewed popularity: an aging population with more time to spend gardening, increased cost of buying food in grocery stores, the proven negative effects pesticides and chemicals have on our bodies, understanding of the important role plants play in providing our planet with clean air and water, and knowledge of the simple joys gardening provides which offer calmness to our increasingly complex lives. "Back to nature" is no longer a fad but a way of life.
The first extraterrestrials to inhabit the moon probably won't be little green men, but they could be little green plants.
Researchers at the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, known as CEAC, are demonstrating that plants from Earth could be grown hydroponically (without soil) on the moon or Mars, setting the table for astronauts who would find potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables awaiting their arrival.
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.
"So, I've got to figure out a way to grow three years' worth of food here - on a planet where nothing grows," says Mark Watney, the botanist who ends up stranded on the red planet in Ridley Scott's new film, "The Martian."
Watney, whose character is played by actor Matt Damon, later engineers a way to grow potatoes on Mars and remarks, "I am the greatest botanist on this planet."