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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Dr. Mohammad Pessarakli has been selected as a 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the Asian American Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Association (AAFSAA) for his exemplary professional accomplishments and noteworthy contributions to the University and community at large. The award will be presented on November 7, 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Pessarakli!

Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, a recent graduate of the School of Plant Sciences, started his own enterprise and his company recently won a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to further innovations in planting, growing and harvesting food crops. Read more at UA News.

Dr. Monica Schmidt and Dr. Eliot Hermon use soybean to both combat worries over GMO and reduce allergens. Read more at Arizona Daily Star and at UA News.

Dr. Mark Beilstein is the winner of the 2014 Undergraduate Biology Research Program Outstanding Mentor award. He was nominated by his students Poorva Rajguru, Jordan Brock, and Ari Meldrum. The award was presented in the 26th Annual UBRP Conference in January 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Beilstein!

Researchers at the School of Plant Sciences are working hard to fight citrus greening, an emerging and deadly disease of citrus fruit. Read more at Arizona Sonoran News