Bill Smith, an assistant professor with the UA's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, leads a team that uses 30 years of data to create the first ever "grass-cast." The team uses historical data for counties, plus satellite images and weather forecasts to create a map of where to most likely find good vegetation growth.
Researchers have found that there is a considerable chance that the evolution of pest resistance will outpace human innovation. The idea that weed control is a collective problem requiring collective action emerged relatively recently, said George Frisvold, an agricultural and resource economist at the UA.
The 2018 International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium drew about 160 attendees to the Blue Palace Hotel in Jiading, Shanghai. UA professor Joel Cuello, a member of the BIO5 Institute and director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands, was among the presenters.
Project construction for the Monsanto facility in Marana is nearing the halfway point on the 30-foot-tall steel and glass edifice. Monsanto collaborates with the UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center on corn research. Gene Giacomelli, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, is interviewed.