Learn more about the interdisciplinary centers, labs and institutes associated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Innovative, high-efficiency greenhouses serve teaching, research and extension functions in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and the School of Plant Sciences.
Supports the construction and creation of various projects undertaken in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Dedicated to the diagnosis of diseases of cultured penaeid shrimp, from samples received from farms and research facilities all over the world.
Houses a thoroughbred breeding herd for race horses, and a quarter horse teaching herd for students.
Includes housing, 20 acres of pastures and working facilities for handling cattle, sheep, veal calves and other livestock.
State-of-the-art, USDA-inspected facility that teaches and conducts the harvesting, processing, testing and evaluation of safe meat products for consumers and industry.
A state-of-the art environmental control laboratory facility with the capacity to study the effects of heat stress and other factors in sheep and cattle to decrease animal stress and increase production.
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Preserves and curates the extensive collection of arid tree and shrub species on the UA campus as a resource for research and educational programs that promote the historic, scientific, environmental, economic, aesthetic, and educational value of trees in urban deserts.
Features 7.5 acres of turfgrass research plots, U.S. Golf Association specification putting greens, two weighing lysimeters and a weather station based computer-controlled irrigation system.
A collaboration of UA Cooperative Extension and the James E. Rogers College of Law, the center will address the underrepresented law and policy needs of the natural resource community of Arizona and the West. The center promotes an innovative approach in creating the next generation of natural resource professionals, lawyers, agency heads, politicians, judges, etc. by creating an environment where students learn in real time by actively working on the needs of resource users.
Promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.
Develops and delivers Integrated Pest Management programs to Arizona citizens and includes programs serving in agriculture, urban communities and natural areas.
Aims to foster collaborative research and education in topics relevant to integrative biology, biomedicine, and biotechnology that employ insect and other arthropod model systems.
The insect collection maintains approximately 2 million insect specimens and is the most comprehensive in the world for the Sonoran Desert Region.
Natural Resources and the Environment
Responsible for GIS institutional development, GIS environmental database design and development, application of cartographic and spatial analysis for agriculture, natural resources, and rural development.
Works with advanced airborne and satellite remote sensing data and other geospatial information technologies to help address both fundamental and applied issues in natural resource management.
Conducts field studies to trace organic contaminants, measure wastewater and water treatment, determine the efficacy of irrigation technologies, and promote the revegetation of disturbed areas.
Engages in research on drug discovery from Sonoran desert plants and their microorganisms, genetic investigation of natural product biosynthesis, development of alternative agricultural systems and more.
Fosters phenology communities of practice, and the development of tools and techniques to support a wide range of decisions made related to allergies, wildfires, water, and conservation.
A network of agencies studying and managing natural and cultural resources across the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.
Enhances graduated education in fisheries and wildlife sciences through research between natural resource agencies and the university.
A collaboration aim at gathering, managing, and providing natural resource data to land managers throughout the desert region.
Norton School for Family and Consumer Sciences
Connects corporations with promising students, enriches education with real-world experiences and conducts outreach that benefits consumers worldwide by aligning industry with academics.
Addresses questions important to the development and well-being of contemporary children, youth, and families, with the goal of improving basic understanding to enhance the lives of the people of Arizona and the world.
Creates research-based educational outreach programs to improve financial literacy and help consumers to make informed financial choices in today’s complex markets.
Aims to understand the long-term effects of physical activity and nutrition, and translating cutting-edge research into effective community health and wellness programs for children, adolescents and men and women of all ages.
Uses gene sequencing to better understand areas of structural, evolutionary and functional genomics of crop plants.
An arid-lands arboretum in Superior, Arizona that offers a variety of tours to foster the appreciation of plants.
Stores and curates over 40,000 accessioned specimens of fungi and fungus-like organisms, with special collections of rusts, polypores, and corticioid fungi from around the world.
A research collection of over 420,000 dried plant specimens, with emphasis on the plants of the Sonoran Desert region and adjacent areas of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Assists faculty, student and staff researchers to detect, quantify and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants – including dissolved and nano-particulate components - in complex environmental matrices by using mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques.
Combines state of the art technology with expertise in the fields of environmental physics, mineralogy and soil science to provide high quality characterization of earth surface and other porous materials.
Focusing on water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies, the WEST Center is co-located with Pima County's water reclamation facility, Agua Nueva. WEST conducts the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future.
Other Research Centers and Institutes
Provides rapid, direct value-adding responses to any water, crop production, food safety, or other environmental issues important for desert crop production systems.