Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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.

Small Grants Make a Big Impact

Harnessing the Antarctic's microbiology for the production of low-temperature tolerant biofuels is just one of the research areas the University of Arizona Office Of Western Hemispheric Programs, together with the Center for Latin American Studies, is looking to impact with small grants for collaboration in Latin America.

Recent CALS Alum Developing New Generation Technology

Sarah Cook landed a job with a world-class company developing cutting-edge technology – all before graduating from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/College of Engineering in May 2012.

Cook, 29, who received a bachelor's in Biosystems Engineering, is using skills she learned at UA to develop new generation harvesters for John Deere. As a hydraulics engineer in research and development, she is based in East Moline, Ill., and is teaming up with John Deere counterparts in Brazil.

New Documentary Features Impacts of Lunar Greenhouse Research

When Apollo astronauts stood on the Moon and looked back at the Earth, they were the first humans to see our planet as a completely isolated system, bounded on all sides by black. Now, 45 years later, "Earthlight," a new documentary produced by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, explores the challenges facing the human race and how the technology we are designing to return to the Moon might be extremely useful here on Earth as well.

Medical Device Startup Founded by CALS Alum Takes Prize in Entrepreneur Challenge

Nasseo, Inc., a medical device startup co-founded by Garrett Cale Smith, an alumnus of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, took first place earlier this year at the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge.

Entries at the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge included technologies to cure cancer, brain-computer interfaces for patients without speech, an automated portfolio management system, sensor assisted orthopedic surgery, garbage compactors, and an enhanced dental implant.

Lunar Greenhouse Outreach and Teaching Module Featured on TV, Radio

After spending most of 2012 on the road – with a stop at the San Diego County Fair in June and an installation at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, beginning in July – the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center's Lunar Greenhouse Outreach and Teaching Module returned to Tucson in January.  Since its return, this traveling educational program has continued to attract attention in the media.


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