Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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 Hosts Borlaug Fellows from Tunisia and Morocco

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.   

UA Shares Agricultural Technology With World

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.

UA Partners with Saudi Arabia to Create Sustainable Farming Systems

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.

UA Greenhouse Out of This World

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.

UA Engineers Build Lunar Vegetable Garden

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.

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