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.
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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.

For more information on the SBAR, please visit the follow links:

Guar Crop
Guayule Flower
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grant # 2017-68005-26867