Sustainable Plant Systems Minor
Students pursuing a degree in Sustainable Plant Systems learn fundamental plant and soil science principles and techniques aimed at developing improved crop plants and best practices for managing field, greenhouse, and agricultural crops and urban landscapes. They will understand how to develop, grow, and use improved crop and ornamental plants and manage landscapes in ways that reduce environmental impacts and enhance economic productivity.
Controlled Environment Agriculture Center: The CEAC is a research center containing greenhouses, which allows researchers to study the production of plants and other products, such as vegetables and flowers. The center produces high-value crops at maximum productivity in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.
Yuma Agricultural Center: The YAC has two research facilities, one in Yuma and another in Mesa. These facilities include about 200-300 acres of farmland for a diversified range of crops, including cotton, grains, and vegetables. The YAC focuses on research in plant physiology, crop production, insect biology, food safety and several other topics.
Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.