Sustainable BioEconomy For Arid Regions (SBAR)
The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) Center was funded by a 5-year USDA-NIFA Grant (2017-2022) with purpose of investigating the feedstock development, production and delivery of two, drought-resistant crops: guayule and guar. The goals of SBAR are:
- Improve feedstock through genetics and traditional plant breeding.
- Trans-disciplinary training for students and educators.
- Increase biofuel and bioproduct production in the Southwest.
- Match crop choice and yield per available water supply in semi-arid areas.
Researchers from the private and university sectors include the University of Arizona, New Mexico State University, USDA - Agricultural Research Service, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Among innovative scientists, New Mexico State Universities faculty are:
- John Idowu, associate professor and Cooperative Extension Service Agronomist,
- Catherine Brewer, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering,
- Sangamesh Angadi, associate professor of crop stress physiology,
- Paul Gutierrez, professor and Extension Agriculture and Business Management specialist,
- Kulbhushan Grover, associate professor of sustainable crop production,
- Omar Holguin, assistant professor in Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.
Each faculty member is a part of one, if not many, groups and sub-groups of the well-structured SBAR plan.
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