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The U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center (ALARC) integrates the former Western Cotton Research Laboratory and the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory on a 20-acre site at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center. The 97,000 ft2 research center houses 23 research scientists and over 40 research and administrative support personnel. The mission of the research center is to develop sustainable agricultural systems, protect natural resources, and support rural communities in arid and semi-arid regions through interdisciplinary research. Research topics include crop management, integrated pest management, irrigation technology, remote sensing, water reuse, crop breeding and physiology, and global climate change. The facility opened in February 2006.

Vision: Sustaining Agriculture in a Water-Limited Environment

Research Units

Pest Management and Biocontrol

Plant Physiology and Genetics

Water Management and Conservation



ALARC Highlights - Spring 2014 Edition

Find out what's happening at the Center


PWA Diversity

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