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Please join us for Farm Science Day at the USDA-ARS Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center on February 22, 2020. Come and learn about agriculture and the science behind agriculture in this FREE family friendly event as part of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival.
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More than 50 scientists participated in the Free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) experiments at Maricopa, Arizona 1992-1997. The study collected data on plant, soil, and microclimatic responses to the elevated CO2 and its interactions with the water and N treatments. The data are now publically available. Click photo for more information.
Guayule is a native scrub that is a natural source of rubber. Research at the Center is focused on improving this crop of heat and drought tolerance and for latex yield and quality.
Cotton is a major crop in the southwestern USA. Research is focused on breeding for increased tolerance to heat and drought.
High throughput phenotyping is being used to accelerate crop improvement. This high clearance tractor is fitted with sensors that allow rapid measurement of multiple parameters such as plant temperature, plant height, and spectral characteristics.
The mission of the Plant Physiology and Genetic Research Unit is to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture in arid environments by developing new germplasm for both traditional and alternative crops and by improving plant responses to abiotic stresses and to changes in the global environment. Emphasis is placed on wheat, cotton, and oilseed crops used for food, fiber, and biofuels, respectively, and new crops such as guayule for production of natural rubber.