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Data Harvested Like Never Before | Ag Professional

In the dry desert air at the University of Arizona’s (UA) Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC), a massive robot is hovering over a 1.25-acre field of sorghum and gathering unprecedented amounts of crop data. Sliding along a 717' rail, a 30-ton steel gantry is hauling a host of sensors over the canopy and reaping a staggering harvest—5 terabytes of vital crop information each day.
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iPlant taming the 'Big Data Beast' | Ag Professional

iPlant taming the 'Big Data Beast' | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

The UA-headquartered iPlant Collaborative is a National Science Foundation-funded cyberinfrastructure project providing computational support to life science researchers in the form of secure data storage, services for data analysis, and the underlying infrastructure to share datasets among collaborators anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

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Scientists have created new variety of low-allergenic soybean | Ag Professional

Scientists have created new variety of low-allergenic soybean | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A decade-long effort by University of Arizona scientists Monica Schmidt and Eliot Herman and University of Illinois scientist Theodore Hymowitz has yielded a new soybean with significantly reduced levels of three key proteins responsible for both its allergenic and anti-nutritional effects. The work is described in a paper published online in the journal Plant Breeding.
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Study finds biotech and traditional practices need to coexist | Ag Professional

Study finds biotech and traditional practices need to coexist | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices, such as crop diversity, often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. 
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Industry forms Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Ag | Ag Professional

Agriculture industry leaders have joined together to create the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, designed to tackle on-the-ground industry needs.
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Arizona scientists play role in saving the monarch butterfly | Ag Professional

Arizona scientists play role in saving the monarch butterfly | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
University of Arizona researchers are playing a leading role in an unprecedented effort to save America's most iconic butterfly, the monarch.
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WCR resistance confirmed in three more Illinois counties | Ag Professional

With the addition of three more counties, a total of five Illinois counties have now reported confirmed cases of field-evolved resistance to Bt corn (Cry3Bb1 protein) by western corn rootworm, and a University of Illinois entomologist said now is the time to move forward aggressively with integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.
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New agricultural robotics system will advance use of robotics | Ag Professional

New agricultural robotics system will advance use of robotics | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Robotics involved in agricultural production is being proven in research, and the University of Arizona (UA) has installed a new agricultural robotics system on 1.5 acres of cultivated land at the Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center.
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Danforth Plant Science Center receives $8 million for big data research | Ag Professional

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced it was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA–E TERRA program. Funds will be used for research to accelerate breeding and the commercial release of economically viable bioenergy sorghum hybrids. Todd Mockler, Ph.D., Geraldine and Robert Virgil Distinguished Investigator at the Danforth Center is the principal investigator of this multi-institutional project.
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Advancements in crop genomics using high-throughput phenotyping | Ag Professional

Advancements in crop genomics using high-throughput phenotyping | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
High-throughput phenotyping, a new area of agricultural research, is key to accelerating progress in crop improvement. To ensure continuing advances, there is a critical need to train graduate students and scientists in this emerging technology.
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Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton | Ag Professional

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An international team led by Chinese scientists and Bruce Tabashnik at the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences discovered that the diverse patchwork of crops in northern China slowed adaptation to genetically engineered cotton by a wide-ranging insect pest.
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University of Arizona-led team decodes African rice | Ag Professional

University of Arizona-led team decodes African rice | Ag Professional | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has sequenced the complete genome of African rice.
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Scientists discover genetic basis of pest resistance to GM cotton | Ag Professional

An international team led by scientists at the University of Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered what happens on a molecular basis in insects that evolved resistance to genetically engineered cotton plants.
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