The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting-edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted to the study of plants, the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life. Research programs within the School examine how plants grow, how they respond to their environment, how they evolved, how they can be manipulated, and their fungal, bacterial, and viral interactions. more...

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Mon, 08/25/2014 (All day)
First Day of Class, Fall 2014

Dr. Mohammad Pessarakli was featured on the Monthly Spotlight by the University of Arizona Appointed Professionals Advisory Council (APAC). Mohammad has been with the School of Plant Sciences for more than 30 years, teaching and working on the impact of drought and salinity stress on plants and turf grasses. Visit the APAC web site to read the featured story on Dr. Pessarakli.

The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum was recently highlighted in a segment of AZ Illustrated Nature broadcast by the Arizona Public Media. The Campus Arboretum, directed by Dr. Tanya Quist, has nearly 9,000 woody plants and cacti, representing more than 550 species from six continents. The video and the accompanied story can be found on AZPM.

Philipp von Bieberstein, a Plant Sciences undergraduate, has been working on how to grow Withania somnifera, a member of tomato family containing a potentially anti -tumor chemical. The experience and skills he has acquired in his independent research project “are something that I would have never learned in a normal classroom", according to Philipp. Read more at UA News.

Conner Mog, a student in the School of Plant Sciences majoring in Sustainable Plant Systems with a focus on Agronomy, participated in an internship for Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, California this past summer. Conner, advised by Dr. Tanya Quist, spent an entire summer at the artichoke and celery fields working with the Trial Manager to find new and improved crop varieties needed to replace current cultivars.

Introductory Plant Sciences: Investigating the Green World introduces the reader to the dynamic world of plant science. The book is co-authored by Cynthia McKenney, Ursula Schuch, Professor in the UA School of Plant Sciences, and Amanda Chau. Read the book highlights and chapter list at kendallhunt.com.