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Feeding 9 billion people by 2050!
The Biosystems Engineering Department is developing innovative systems to sustainably feed an increasing population through cutting-edge technology, sustainable practices, and the drive to make a difference in the world. We build sustainable solutions that create resilience among society, the environment and the economy. We are currently working on many projects, including the following:
Optimizing growth conditions in controlled environment agriculture
Finding alternative fuel and feed sources
Irrigating crops sustainably
Analyzing big data sets generated from using sensors and controls and looking at metagenomics
Dr. Hurwitz featured in AZ Daily Star
Biosystems' very own Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz was recently featured in the "This is Tucson" section of the Daily Star as a "Badass Science Mom."
Dr. Mark Siemens Leads Research on Two Separate Weeding Techniques
Biosystems Engineering professor, Dr. Mark Siemens, has recently been featured in two separate news articles highlighting the work he is doing on killing pesky weeds.
Biosystems Engineering Student Receives First Ever "Future Leaders" Scholarship
BE undergraduate student, Jesus Mulgado, received the first ever Future Leaders Scholarship by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).
UA-ABE Partners with Universidad Autónoma Chapingo for Dual Degrees
Dr. Don Slack spearheaded the initiative for a partnership between the UA and Universidad Autónoma Chapingo that includes a new dual degree program between ABE and Chapingo. ABE has always had a very strong relationship with Chapingo and we are excited for this relationship to continue to grow with this partnership.
UA-ABE & UC Davis "Robovator" Wins Davidson Prize
One of those winning products is the Robovator Mechanical Weeding Machine, a project by University of Arizona ABE Professor, Dr. Mark Siemens, and UC Davis Extension, Specialist Dr. Steve Fennimore.
The V-Hive Green Box
Joel Cuello, Ph.D., a professor in the Agricultural & Biosystem Engineering department at the University of Arizona, recognized an opportunity for vertical farms to flourish in modular containers or warehouses by developing a vertical, modular growth system called The Vertical-Hive (V-Hive) Green Box.