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ALARC Highlights - What's New at the Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center

ALARC Highlights Archive


U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center hosts a seminar series each year from September through May.  This provides a way to keep our staff, other researchers and our stakeholders abreast of the latest research developments on a wide range of topics. All interested persons are invited and encouraged to attend the seminar presentations.

Questions or suggestions for future topics may be directed to the Center Director (

Seminars are held in the US ALARC conference room, 21881 N. Cardon Lane, Maricopa. For directions to the facility, please contact Cheryl Borg at or 520-316-6313.


Recent ALARC News

USDA ALARC - A Gem in the Desert. The Economic Development Department of the City of Maricopa recently highlighted ALARC as a driver of agricultural technology for the city and the region. They also noted how ALARC contributes to the community through their outreach efforts, including its involvement in the Project Puente student intern program with Central Arizona College. [Link]

Where to Grow Food Worldwide. Scientists from ALARC participated in a meeting at the University of Florida focused on understanding how to advance computer models for predicting the most suitable places in the world to grow food crops like wheat and cassava. [Link]

ALARC working on Cutting Edge Technology. ALARC research in water conservation, plant improvement and crop protection was featured in a story by the Tri-Valley Dispatch. The story focused on ALARC’s involvement in High-Throughput-Phenotyping to remotely measure characteristics of plant in enhance plant breeding efforts, development of the guayule plant as a native source of rubber, development of new technologies for fighting insect pests and development of improved irrigation systems. [Link]

Keys to Understanding Insect Reproduction. The research of an ALARC scientist was recently featured in a blog post with [Link] and podcast with the Naked Scientist [Link]. The research focused on understanding the role of several pheromones (chemicals used by organisms to communicate with one another) that regulate when a female Lygus bug is ready and willing to mate with a male. The research may eventually lead to better ways to control pest insect populations.

BRDI (USDA/DOE) Grant on Guayule Comes to a Close. The $6.9M consortium grant including Cooper Tire, USDA-ARS, Pan Aridis, and Cornell and Clemson Universities came to a close in mid 2017. ALARC scientists contributed critical research on direct seeding and irrigation efficiency. Over 400 prototype tires were produced and tested [Link]

ALARC Environmental Management System (EMS) Policy Statement

Click [here] to read the location's EMS policy statement as a PDF


ARS News Articles

Helping Arizona Wheat Growers Maximize Resources
Jan 11, 2017
Deciding When to Spray: Sometimes It Is More than Just Numbers
Jan 13, 2014
Controlling Whiteflies the Natural Way
Dec 06, 2011
USDA Scientists Study Effects of Rising Carbon Dioxide on Rangelands
Aug 03, 2011
ARS Researching Camelina as a New Biofuel Crop
Apr 13, 2010
New Assay Helps Track Termites, Other Insects
Feb 17, 2010
Aerial Imagery System Helps Save Water
Sep 14, 2009
Remediated Water Expands Irrigation Options
Jan 12, 2009
New Tools Aid Arid-Land Water Management
Jan 05, 2009
Non-Target Insects Probably Affected More by Insecticides than by Bt Crops
Nov 24, 2008
Runoff Research Promotes Healthier Aquifers
Sep 24, 2008
Breeding Heat-Tolerant Cotton
Feb 19, 2008
Breeding Cotton to Beat the Heat
Feb 05, 2008
To Catch a Pest, Scientists Fine-Tune Traps
Nov 28, 2006