Agriculture

The UA is an internationally-known leader in agricultural innovation, technology development, and research. Here, scientists and engineers endeavor to improve the efficiency of farms and ranches, feed and heal humans and animals, create new forms of fuel and understand the impact of climate change on the world food supply.

Core Competencies:

  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Crop Efficiency Development
  • New Arid Land Crops
  • Water Usage, Sustainability, and Reclamation
  • Biofuels

The University of Arizona is an internationally-known leader in agricultural innovation, technology development, and research. Faculty help to improve the efficiency of farms and ranches through a variety of innovations, including the development of integrated pest management for cotton, improved nitrogen management in irrigated cotton, low input barley, new arid land crops with anticancer properties, and the maize microarray project, which involves research on the genome of maize for the purpose of more efficient production. In addition, in the UA Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory, scientists have identified new pathogen candidates in shrimp aquaculture, and in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, researchers are analyzing ways to remediate soil and groundwater contamination. The International Arid Land Consortium, headquartered at the UA and now in its 20th year, conducts research on sewage treatment for sustainable water reclamation and post-forest fire soil and nutrient cycling.