Genomics researchers of the University of Arizona's iPlant collaborative have helped unravel the genetic code of the canola plant. The findings will help breeders select for desirable traits such as more nutritious oil content, faster seed production and adapting the plants to grow in more arid regions.
A new UA initiative aims to drastically increase the region's economic competitiveness by putting the power of research behind new and small businesses with the help of federal funding and regional partnerships.
A new technique developed by UA researchers can potentially direct an electrical discharge up to 10 meters away, shattering previous distance records for transmitting electricity through air. Possible future uses include lifesaving applications such as remote detonation of land mines.
The UA’s Conserve2Enhance program is helping people save millions of gallons of water across the desert Southwest, and giving them the option to donate their water bill savings to support green projects in their communities.
The National Science Foundation has agreed to fund the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is built around a revolutionary optical mirror setup designed at the UA. The instrument will scan large swaths of the night sky, and capture images of exploding stars, passing asteroids and other short-lived phenomena in the cosmos.