The University Of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2007 Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station Research Report

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2007 Experiment Station Report

Director's Letter

Table of Contents


Dear Reader,

It is our pleasure to again provide you with a summary of some selected activities that have been ongoing in the Experiment Station this past year.  Have you ever had trouble identifying whether the fruit you select in the grocery store is ripe?  We have a solution to that problem.  Would you like to be a citizen scientist?  We have a program that would be happy to utilize your talents. Are Lygus bugs destroying your crop?  We have a pest management program that may be of interest to you.

>Do you have a question about plant biology that needs an answer?  The newly funded iPlant Collaborative may well be the place to turn to. This program, led by our Plant Science faculty, is the largest grant ever funded by the National Science Foundation in Arizona.

Are you upset about the price of gasoline these days?  We certainly do not have the answer to that, but we do think that perhaps sweet sorghum is the appropriate crop for Arizona, to serve as a feedstock to help achieve the government’s goal of producing 35 billion gallons of ethanol and alternative fuels by 2017. Read about this and other possibilities for helping with the current energy crisis.

We hope you will enjoy reading about these and all of the other research projects described in this report. As usual, my sincere thanks go to our excellent publication staff that did all of the work to produce this report and to our faculty and their support staff who make it all possible.

Finally, I am pleased to tell you that our College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ranked number one in the nation for the second year in a row for faculty scholarly productivity in the agricultural sciences according to the January 2008 report released by Academic Analytics, who collaborated with the State University of New York at Stony Brook to develop the data.


Colin Kaltenbach
Vice Dean and Director,
Agricultural Experiment Station
(520) 621-7201