Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Lunar Greenhouse and Teaching Module Honored for Promoting Youth Leadership, Future Workforce

It's been a busy year for UA's Lunar Greenhouse and Teaching Module.

After spending seven months 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 and Teaching Module will return to Tucson in January 2013. The traveling educational program was recognized this fall with an Excellence in Economic Development Award.

Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Peak tomato season - July through September here on the East Coast - is almost upon us, and the anticipation is palpable. Before we know it, those super sweet, juicy fruits, grown outdoors under the hot sun, will be back in abundance..

We tend to fetishize summer tomatoes, especially heirloom varieties like Brandywine and , and regard them as the pinnacle of tomato flavor.

But according scientists who specialize in growing food in hydroponic greenhouses, some tomatoes bred for the indoors are now just as flavorful as the ones grown outdoors in perfect summer conditions.

Device Could Speed Diagnosis of Infections

When a patient arrives at a hospital with a serious infection, doctors have precious little time to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment accordingly.

Their ability to act quickly and correctly not only makes a difference to the patient's outcome, it determines whether the infection spreads to other patients in the clinic - and can even contribute to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

CALS-Developed Apps Aid Arizona Cotton Farmers

Mobile and Web apps aren't just for tweeting your thoughts or posting your status. The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has created high-tech mobile and Web applications to help cotton farmers manage their crops.

Arizona growers can now use a smartphone or tablet anywhere – in the field, at home or on the other side of the world – to manage everything from plant growth and irrigation scheduling to disease control.

CALS Faculty Present at Global Agriculture Forum in Abu Dhabi

The University of Arizona played a significant role in the first-ever Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, in which participants from 62 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to present the world's largest collection of sustainable agricultural innovations.

The event focused on the 40 percent of the world that, like Arizona, produces food and other bio-based products in arid environments. Sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the forum highlighted the Middle East and Africa.

Biosystems Engineering Teams 'Clean Up' at Engineering Design Day

Three student design teams from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering took part in the University of Arizona's 2013 Engineering Design Day on April 30.
Engineering Design Day is an annual event that gives students a chance to apply a classroom education to a project of their choosing that solves real world problems. A total of 300 engineering seniors competed with 63 projects.

Biofuels From Algae Hold Potential, but Not Ready for Prime Time

Scaling up the production of biofuels made from algae to meet at least 5 percent – about 10 billion gallons – of U.S. transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water and nutrients, says a new report from the National Research Council, or NRC. However, these concerns are not a definitive barrier for future production, and innovations that would require research and development could help realize algal biofuels' full potential.

Advancements in Crop Genomics Using High-Throughput Phenotyping

Kansas State University, University of Arizona and USDA-ARS collaborate to train scientists and students in field phenomics.

High-throughput phenotyping, a new area of agricultural research, is key to accelerating progress in crop improvement. To ensure continuing advances, there is a critical need to train graduate students and scientists in this emerging technology. 

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