Dave Kopec works at developing varieties of turfgrass at the UA's Karsten Turfgrass Research Facility near campus. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)

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.

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

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

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Arizona Insect Festival event photo Linda Brewer and grandson Ascher Courtney, holding a vinegaroon. Photo Credit: Rick Brusca

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.

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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?

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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.

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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...

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Chetro Ketl, built during the 10th and 11th centuries, is one of the largest great houses in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Despite the harsh, high-desert environment, thousands of people once lived in and around what is now a World Heritage Site at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (Photo: National Park Service)

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.

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Yasmine and Micaela Andrade help with food preparation. (Photo: Faith Schwartz/UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

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.

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Tovar Lettuce Field Photo Credit: Paul Brierley

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.

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The University of Arizona is known not only for its academic excellence and strong athletic program, but also for its sizable collection of unique trees.

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With a group of fertilizers known as chelates, zinc levels can be managed in pecan trees — and that's good news for Arizona growers.

With a group of fertilizers known as chelates, zinc levels can be managed in pecan trees — and that's good news for Arizona growers.

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Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg

The $5.5 million facility, built by Pima County, will bring together industry, government and academia for the development of new technologies.

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Judith K. Brown

A global network of scientists has elected three University of Arizona faculty members American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, a distinction awarded to those who are advancing science in ways that are considered scientifically or socially distinguished.

Dozens of UA faculty members have been named fellows of AAAS, the largest general scientific society in the world. 

Judith K. Brown, a plant sciences and BIO 5 Institute professor, was cited for "for pioneering international work on emergent plant viruses, and for distinguished contributions to research on plant-pathogen-vector interactions including functional genomics of vector-mediated pathogen transmission."

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The documentary "Earthlight" follows the success of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center lunar greenhouse team in constructing a closed system that recycles all air and water and produces food that astronauts will need for extended missions to the moon and Mars.

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Sharing Tribes promotes lending and borrowing over buying. It involves "taking the science of retailing and applying it to the practice of sharing," Anita Bhappu says.

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Photo: Lynn Ketchum

With the help of the UA-based iPlant Collaborative, students in a revolutionary, two-university "ecoinformatics" course dug through unused open-access data to discover how variations in soil composition influence microbial life.

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Photo Credit: Lynn Ketchum

The new center will include a law clinic staffed by students from two UA colleges who will work directly with ranchers, farmers, miners and others.

The Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center — the first of its kind in the nation — has been launched at the University of Arizona to address the currently unmet legal needs of ranchers, farmers, miners and others whose business involves the use of natural resources.

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