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Feeding 9 billion people by 2050!
The Biosystems Engineering Department is developing innovative systems to sustainably feed an increasing population through cutting-edge technology, sustainable practices, and the drive to make a difference in the world. We build sustainable solutions that create resilience among society, the environment and the economy. We are currently working on many projects, including the following:
Optimizing growth conditions in controlled environment agriculture
Finding alternative fuel and feed sources
Irrigating crops sustainably
Analyzing big data sets generated from using sensors and controls and looking at metagenomics
CEAC to Study Viability of Vertically Farming Leafy Greens
Fueled in part by a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture' Specialty Crop Research Initiative, the university's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center will join a multi-university team to study indoor leafy green production, with the goal of improving the quality, quantity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of indoor vertical farming production.
Dr. Yoon's Work on Norovirus Featured at ACS Nat'l Meeting
Dr. Jeong-Yeol Yoon's work on norovirus has been picked up by ACS (American Chemical Society) headquarters, as well as many other news outlets. Dr. Yoon had the honor to be one of 17 picked up from 20,000+ attendees at ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA.
Dr. U'Ren published in "Nature Ecology & Evolution"
Biosystems Engineering Professor, Dr. Jana U'Ren, was published in the very prestigious Science Journal Nature Ecology & Evolution for her fungi work in boreal forests.
Dr. Andrade-Sanchez & UA Extension Featured in Technology Videos
Biosystems Engineering Faculty and Extension Specialist, Dr. Pedro Andrade Sanchez, who works from the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) was recently featured in two separate media releases regarding agricultural technology.
First Ever UA Cannabis Symposium to be held September 25th
The University of Arizona Inaugural Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium (IICS) is an inclusive, University-wide project sponsored by the Colleges of Science, Agriculture Life Sciences & Veterinary Sciences, Medicine, and the Bio-5 Institute. It is designed to inform our Community about recent research and teaching in the emerging field of medicinal Cannabis.
Dr. Slack Receives Honorary Degree from Chapingo Autonomous University
Dr. Don Slack recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Chapingo Autonomous University in in Texcoco, Mexico, near Mexico City, for his extensive work supporting both the university and their students.